Waste: Fish by-products offer wealth

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.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.