Can cell-based seafood save the bluefin tuna?


Can cell-based seafood save the bluefin tuna?

26 June 2020
Our ocean, and the fisheries it supports, are increasingly threatened by overfishing, plastic and other pollution, and the many complex effects of climate change, all of which are damaging the health and sustainability of global fish stocks. Cell-based seafood could become a valuable alternative.

It’s clear that plant-based proteins have gone mainstream. They proudly share the menu with beef, chicken, and pork on restaurant menus around the world. Now, another type of alternative protein is gaining momentum and attracting investors: cell-based meat, where real, high-quality meat is grown directly from animal cells in a safe, controlled environment much like a beer brewery.

Yet, so far, only a handful of companies around the world are focused on producing cell-based seafood, which will provide the world with a new source of healthy, fresh, and delicious seafood that also is sustainable, free of mercury, microplastics, and antibiotics, just “without the sea.”

Finless Foods, founded in 2017, has developed a proprietary method to produce sustainable, fresh, and local seafood, without the catch, to help ensure a future for the species in the wild. The process involves isolating cells from a fish, feeding those cells the right nutrient mix, and growing real fish meat in a controlled environment until it can be harvested and formed into familiar items like fish fillets, sashimi, and spicy tuna rolls.