Variation in the proximate composition and fatty acid profile recovered from Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) waste from Patagonia


  • M. Cretton Departamento de Química. Facultad de Ciencias Naturales. Departamento Química, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco
  • E. Rost Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial. Facultad de Ingeniería. Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco
  • T. Mazzuca Sobczuk Departamento de Ingeniería, Agrifood Campus of International Excellence (CeiA3), Universidad de Almería
  • M. Mazzuca Departamento de Química. Facultad de Ciencias Naturales. Departamento Química, Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco



Liver oil, Merluccius hubbsi, Proximate composition


The fish processing operations in Patagonia produce large amounts of waste. The main fishery resource in Argentina is the Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi). The ports of the province of Chubut (the most important of which are Puerto Madryn, Rawson and Comodoro Rivadavia), together with Caleta Paula Port (province of Santa Cruz), in the Argentine Patagonia, capture more than 82,000 tons of hake annualy, 80% of which are of M. hubbsi, which is mostly converted into fillets. From this capture, about 2,296 tons of liver would be available for the extraction of oil. To promote the recovery and industrial use of fish oil, in the present study, we determined the variation in the proximate composition and fatty acid profile of Argentine hake waste from the ports mentioned above at different catch times. Proximate composition was determined according of the Official Methods of Analysis (AOAC). Fatty acid profile was analyzed by gas chromatography of the fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs). A standard mixture of FAMEs was run under identical conditions to identify the compounds on the basis of their retention times. Fatty acids were quantified using heptadecanoic acid (C17:0) as internal standard. The highest lipid recovery (27.0 to 41.8% of total lipids) was obtained from the liver fraction. Palmitic acid (C16:0), oleic acid (18:1 n9), docosahexaenoic acid (22:6 n3), eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5 n3) and palmitoleic acid (16:1) were the main constituents. Protein levels in viscera without livers (V-L) were higher than those in the liver. The extraction of marine fish oil and the production of fish offal meal from waste from fish factories would contribute to the sustainability of the regional industry, because it would also decrease the volume of waste, with benefits to the environment.


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Cretton M, Rost E, Mazzuca Sobczuk T, Mazzuca M. Variation in the proximate composition and fatty acid profile recovered from Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) waste from Patagonia. grasasaceites [Internet]. 2016Mar.31 [cited 2022Dec.5];67(1):e122. Available from: