UK Seafood Waste Valorisation Review

MEP have been contracted to assess the quantity and location of seafood waste produced in the UK from operations including the wild-capture, aquaculture, and processing sectors. This project aims to review current trends in seafood waste utilisation in the UK, building upon a previous Seafish report from 2001. As part of the study, the current circularity of the seafood waste produced in the UK, in terms of utilisation and its end destination (e.g., land-based animal feed, aquafeed, fertiliser, pet food, etc.) will be evaluated. In addition, the value of seafood waste, in terms of nutritional (e.g., in terms of omega-3 content, CaCO3 content in bivalve shells etc), environmental (e.g., carbon emission savings in feed), social (e.g., traceability) benefit is to be assessed. Recommendations on how key stakeholders (e.g., UK governments, policy markets, companies, and traders) can increase circularity within the UK seafood sector will be developed, with an aim of decreasing the environmental and social footprint of UK caught and produced seafood.