The Future Is Blue: Exploring Safety, Sustainability, and Innovation in the Seafood and Aquaculture Industry

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 August 2024 | Viewed by 159

Special Issue Editors

CAISIAL Center, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università 133, 80055 Portici, Italy
Interests: microalgae and aquatic protist cultivation; new food product development; sustainable food systems; production of high-added-value molecules from food waste and by products; emerging food-processing technologies
CAISIAL Center, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università 133, 80055 Portici, Italy
Interests: aquaculture; microalgae; cryobiology; ecotoxicology; food safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global landscape of food production and consumption is in a state of rapid transformation. As population growth and environmental challenges continue to mount, the focus is increasingly turning towards the sea. This Special Issue, "The Future is Blue: Exploring Safety, Sustainability, and Innovation in the Seafood and Aquaculture Industry," seeks to address this shift and highlight the innovative and sustainable practices emerging in the aquaculture and seafood industry.

We aim to curate a collection of cutting-edge research articles and thought leadership pieces that not only chart the course of the future of aquatic food production but also evaluate the sustainability of these practices through life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. Our goal is to explore innovative solutions that ensure the safety and quality of the seafood supply, enhance the sustainability of aquatic food systems, and contribute to food security and blue growth.

This Issue will delve into areas such as the development and utilization of novel food ingredients, including algae and other underexploited aquatic resources, in aquaculture feeds. We invite contributions addressing advancements in sustainable feed formulation and the impact these have on the environment, human health, and food safety.

Furthermore, we encourage submissions related to sustainable seafood processing techniques and technologies, and their role in reducing waste, enhancing product value, and ensuring food safety. Research regarding new processing methods, technological advancements, and value addition are particularly welcome.

We hope to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to present and discuss innovative strategies and solutions in the seafood and aquaculture industry, illuminating the path for a future where the oceans continue to play a pivotal role in feeding the planet sustainably and safely.

In doing so, we aim to redefine our understanding of sustainable aquaculture practices and set the stage for new discussions and future research into how we can leverage the vast potential of our blue planet.

The future of our food systems is indeed blue, and this Special Issue seeks to explore this vital aspect of global food security, safety, and sustainability.

Dr. Giovanni Luca Russo
Dr. Antonio Luca Langellotti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • aquatic products
  • aquaculture
  • innovative technologies
  • seafood quality
  • food security
  • food safety
  • biotechnology
  • nutraceuticals
  • food processing
  • feeds

Published Papers

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