The project GoJelly, which aims to investigate the suitability of the organisms as fish feed, microplastic filters, and fertilizers, has officially begun after the recent kick-off meeting in Portugal. The six million euro project is funded by the EU and coordinated at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.
\"The GoJelly project will actively contribute to the newly proposed European strategy to combat plastic pollution while empowering the industry sector through the development of a variety of blue-green biotechnology products based on jellyfish raw material,\" stated Dr. Patricia Cabezas from the European Science Foundation.
Over forty representatives from 15 universities, scientific institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises from eight countries discussed during the 2-day conference the first steps and how the various sub-projects can cooperate as efficiently as possible. A visit by the President of the Regional Government, His Excellency Miguel Albuquerque, demonstrated the interest in the project beyond the impacted industries.