ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has entered into a collaborative research agreement with a private-sector start-up offering cultivated meat technology solutions to grow fish meat in the laboratory.
- Lab-grown fish is merely a type of lab-grown or cultivated/cultured meat.
- Seafood without the sea is ‘grown’ in the same way as other cultivated meats are grown without the need to raise and kill an animal.
- Cultivated fish meat is produced by isolating specific cells from fish and growing them in a laboratory setting using media that is free of animal components.
- The final product is expected to replicate the flavour, texture, and nutritional qualities of ‘real’ fish meat.
- It will focus on the genetic, biochemical, and analytical work related to the project.
- In its cell culture lab, it will carry out research on early cell line development of high-value marine fish species — a process that involves isolating and cultivating fish cells for further research and development.
- It will initially focus on developing cell-based meat of fish such as pomfret, kingfish, and seerfish.
- A number of countries have made great strides in this pioneering technology.