The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is encouraging member states to make by-products from fish waste. Products such as fish leather, beauty products and health supplements could, officials believe, spur growth in the regional economy. Already, Dominica and Suriname are taking steps to process fish waste. “Proper utilisation of fishery resources is not about increasing production or increasing catches. It is more about maximising the value of what we are now taking and realising the significant benefits that are possible by focusing on value addition,” says Milton Haughton, CRFM executive director.