Seafish publish strategy guide for seafood waste Published: 31 October, 2005
THE Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) has published a short guide to waste management for the seafood industry. Entitled “A Strategic Framework for Seafood Waste Management,” the document will inform processors and retailers what Seafish is doing to formulate a coherent strategy and how it can help with advice on waste management.
“A Strategic Framework for Seafood Waste Management” is published by Seafish as part of their “Key Features” series and gives data on the types of waste produced, as well as further information on the options for seafood waste management. The guide also outlines the Seafish strategy for seafood waste, and where to go for further information.
The guide contains regional estimates on the types of seafood waste that are produced across the UK and what proportions are from finfish and shellfish. The yearly disposal costs for the industry are also estimated.
The traditional routes of seafood waste disposal are to place them in landfill or for them to be used for fishmeal. Waste regulations mean that landfill is no longer a legal solution for many businesses and that alternatives have to be sought. The guide outlines what alternatives are available and what possible alternatives are currently being investigated.
Finally, Seafish’s strategic aims are outlined in the guide in a ten-year plan that comprises three action points. The first action point is to raise awareness in the industry about the options available and to help companies achieve compliance. The second action point is to promote awareness of routes that will provide an economic return and develop collaborative groups within the industry to take these routes further. The third and final action point is to build on the work in point two to produce a profitable return from seafood waste and make it into a revenue-generating industry.
The guide will be posted out to the industry this week and is available electronically on the Seafish website.
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