|7 Aug 2020|
The world’s our fish finger
Smothered in ketchup or squished into a sandwich, there’s one tasty convenience food that’s hard to resist. With over 1.5 million of them eaten every day in Britain, fish fingers are one of the nation’s favourite foods. Now I, along with a team of Cambridge researchers, believe that a twist on this 1950s creation might help address the challenge of sustainably feeding our global population.
Bivalve shellfish (clams, mussels, oysters) are the most environmentally friendly meat on our planet. I have been developing novel mechanisms to increase the production of and facilitate demand for this highly nutritious sustainable seafood. Recent innovations have included the development of ’nutrient bullets’ to accelerate the production and increase the nutritional quality of bivalves. I am working with some of the world’s biggest seafood manufacturers to help them substitute less sustainable meat and fish for bivalve meat in our favourite food products - including fish fingers!
If you are interested in reading more about the research, please go to www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/
David Willer OI (2006-2013)