GoJelly

GoJelly project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020-BG-2017-1 call topic, under Grant Agreement n°774499

Project summary

The objective of the GoJelly project is to develop, test and promote a gelatinous solution to microplastic pollution by developing a TRL 5-6 prototype microplastics filter (GoJelly) for commercial and public use, where the main raw material is jellyfish mucus. In doing so, the consortium addresses two environmental issues with one approach by removing the commercially and ecologically destructive sea and coastal pollution of both jellyfish and microplastics. This innovative approach will ultimately lead to less plastic in the ocean, municipal demand (and thereby competitive prices) for jellyfish raw material to fill the "mucus-need" by filter developers, and in turn more jobs for commercial fishers in off-seasons. The by-products of the GoJelly biomass have other uses as well, ensuring that GoJelly also delivers a green innovation, resulting in novel, valuable resource for the food and feed industry as well as agro-biological fertilizer for organic farming. The GoJelly prototype products will be tested and demonstrated in three different European seas (Norwegian, Baltic and Mediterranean), by a range of stakeholders, including commercial fishers and industry partners. Tying it together, the project will also ensure the possibilities for broader European promotion and utilization of GoJelly at the local, regional and global level by delivering a socio-ecological methodological toolbox for forming and implementing policies.

GoJelly will broadly communicate its results in several formats such as traditional social media, open lab ship cruise, and in the form of an experimental online game depicting different management scenarios under different jellyfish- and microplastics combinations. An interdisciplinary and international consortium consisting of technology developers, business analysts, fishing companies, research institutes, and both natural and social scientists will realize GoJelly, and will ensure the uptake of GoJelly products by industry and policy makers.

Project consortium

  1. GermanyGEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Coordinator)
  2. Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  3. Portugal: Agencia Regional Para o Desenvolvimento da Investigacao, Tecnologia e Inovação - Associacao
  4. Slovenia: National Institute of Biology
  5. Israel: University of Haifa
  6. Israel: Ort Braude College
  7. Germany: University of Kiel
  8. Germany: Hanseatische Umwelt CAM GmbH
  9. Norway: SINTEF Ocean AS
  10. Germany: CRM – Coastal Research & Management
  11. Italy: National Research Council, Institute of Sciences of Food Production
  12. Italy: S.Pietro Societa' Cooperative Agricola
  13. Germany: University of Hamburg
  14. France: European Science Foundation
  15. China: Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Role of ESF

ESF has assumed the role of Project Office, assisting the coordinator with the running of the project. ESF is also workpackage leader, dealing with marked analysis for Jelly Fish products.

Timeline & Funding

This is a 4 year project, starting Jan 1 2018. The total funding received from EC is in the range of 6M euros.

Project Portal

The GoJelly website will be available in March 2018.