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Our research aims to turn wasteful mariculture bio-products into raw material - fish leather.

FISHSkin is a research consortium of organizations from six different countries. It is a collaborative effort between ten organizations who are invested to promote this sustainable and circular economy project. The consortium is formed and supported by the Horizon 2020 RISE (Research Innovation Staff Exchange) framework and will continue this research through the end of 2023.

Dyed and printed fish skins


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skolodowska-Curie grant agreement No FISHSkin 823943






Months of research

Fish Skin is a byproduct of the marinculture industry. Often, this skin goes unused and is dumped back into the ocean.


Research indicates as much as 40% of fish mass is wasted. This is raw material that is being discarded without ever being used. With changing consumer tastes, circular economic practices, and ethical and sustainable sourcing, fish skin is a strong candidate to become an industry-shifting material.


Photos from the site's publications

What is Fish Skin?

"We, at FishSkin, want to change how the fashion industry handles sustainability."

Through our innovative methods and research, we are finding the best, most efficient ways to bring sustainability to fashion and transform it into a cleaner and more circular sector.

Incorporating partner institutions and researchers from around the world, our project will create a new category of raw material – fish leather. Using our state-of-the-art technology, we believe our goal is attainable and will have lasting, positive effects on the fashion industry and the overall health of our planet.

We ensure the quality of our research in the design, methodology, and analysis. e honestly and transparently report our results. We reject methods that mistreat animals and we are transparent in our farming and processing methods. 

Our innovative project was rated a 98.6/100 score by the Horizon 2020 programme, the highest score of any project that year.


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Researchers and partners workshop

Research will be held in compliance with the following fundamental principles:

What we stand for


in developing, undertaking, reviewing, reporting & communicating research in a fair and unbiased way.


for the research from idea to publication; for its management and organization, for training, supervision and mentoring, and for its wider impacts.


for colleagues, research participants, society, ecosystem, cultural heritage and the environment.

Recent Publications

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