Crustacea processing waste management

Summary
With changes in waste legislation, shellfish waste management has become increasingly difficult and expensive. This has significantly affected the shellfish processing sector, particularly the crustacea sector as there is a lack of cost-effective outlets for their waste. Disposal costs of £60 to 300 per tonne are common, which is not economically viable for many businesses. To establish whether it is possible for UK processors to generate an income or reduce the costs of crustacea waste disposal, Seafish initiated a project to look at the range of options available for crustacea waste management and identify which have potential for success. The project looked at all the crustacea species processed in the UK and the range of products or extracts that can be produced. This document summarises the findings of this work.
Author
  • M. Archer
Publication Reference No.
FS53-6.10
Publication date
01 June 2010

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