Ricardo. I. Pérez-Martín
Marine Research Institute IIM-CSIC
Since 1988, Ricardo I. Pérez-Martín has been working as scientific researcher at IIM-CSIC, being the Responsible for 15 Research Projects funded by European Union (Framework programs, LIFE, INTERREG), 10 by Spanish Government and 5 by Galician Government and for 20 Research Contracts with the fishing industry. As a result of his research activity he has published over 180 publications including articles, book chapters and congress proceedings.
In addition, he has participated in around 20 research projects evaluation committees (DG FISHERIES and DG RESEARCH of EC) and in numerous at National and Regional level.
His research areas of interest are:
- Authentication of Food: Development of methods for identification and quantification of fish species in food products by DNA and protein analysis.
- Optimization of manufacturing processes of seafood products: comprehensive assessment of the quality and profitability.
- Development of strategies for management, treatment and valorization of discards, by-products and waste, generated by fishing activities.
A smart pilot plant to valorise biomass associated to the new landing obligation: The LIFE iSEAS initiative
The LIFE iSEAS project aims to minimize the impact of discards legislation on the fishing industry by, among other innovative solutions, efficiently valorizing the important quantity of marine biomass that now must be obligatory landed following the new Common Fisheries Policy. To that purpose, a smart pilot plant denoted as iDVP (Integral Discards Valorization Point) that applies a marine bio-refinery concept is described. It is divided in two different rooms: i) Food elaboration area (iDVP1) and; ii) Non-food products area (iDVP3) for materials considered as category 3. Production lines in the iDVP1 process fish muscle for food purposes (restructured products) and for fish protein hydrolysates obtaining. The iDVP3 includes lines to process skins, cartilages, crustacean shells, etc., for the production of collagen/gelatin, chondroitin sulfate, chitin/chitosan, etc., respectively. The technological developments will be integrated and supported by process engineering tools and mathematical models to define optimal designs and operation conditions