PKNU takes on the 14 billion won-project for 'seafood industry customized technology' by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
Professor Cho Seung-Mock
Domestic universities and companies jointly promote large-scale R&D projects to localize functional raw materials for fisheries, which are highly dependent on imports, is attracting public attention.
Pukyong National University has been selected for the development project for seafood industry customized technology, 2022 by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and announced on the 19th that it will promote the 'Development of functional health foods derived from seafoods listed by MFDS and development of functionally labeled foods' (Chief Professor Cho Seung-Mock, food science and technology, from the photo).
This project is to develop functional raw materials for various healthy functional foods from marine products, such as fish, shellfish, and crustaceans, to replace functional raw materials for fishery with domestic ones, which depends on overseas imports for more than 70%, and to lead the development of the domestic seafood industry.
14 billion won, including 13.5 billion won in government subsidies, will be invested in this project by 2026. Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Jeju National University, the Korea Food Research Institute, Dong-Eui University, Gyeongsang National University, the Korea Health Supplements Association, S&D, Novarex, and Bobsnu, including Pukyong National University as the leading institution, will participate as joint R&D institutions.
Each institution plans to register at least 3 functional marine ingredients listed by MFDS with various functions such as sleep health, immunity, intestinal health, blood sugar control, antioxidant, and skin health, and they plan to develop more than 15 healthy functional foods and functional labeled food products using them.
Functional marine ingredients listed by MFDS are the core of creating an ecosystem of related industries because anyone can produce a product to which it is applied if it meets the specifications and standards.
Accordingly, each institution decided to systematically conduct research on the production of seafood products-derived extracts and functional evaluations, derivation of promising materials, functional evaluation of promising materials and verification of action mechanisms, functional comparisons, process development, standardization and safety studies, and economic evaluations.
Professor Cho Seung-Mock, the chief professor for this research from Pukyong National University, said, "Functional marine ingredients listed by MFDS derived from seafood have a very low specific gravity, accounting for only 16% of agricultural products. Through this research project, I expect that it will be able to help increase the income of fishermen and revitalize aquatic food companies by developing functional raw materials listed by MFDS that anyone can use." <Pukyong Today>