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7 Ways That Seafood Processing Can Become More Sustainable

Looking at ways to implement sustainable practices into the food industry is becoming an urgent priority these days. New job roles have been created in the food industry to put a focus on sustainable ways of growing, processing, and packaging foods.


One of the most important industries that sustainability needs to be implemented is the seafood industry. With many ways to go about seafood processing, it may feel overwhelming on how to take the necessary steps to become a truly sustainable enterprise.


7 ways that you can bring a more sustainable-friendly approach into the fish and seafood processing industry


  1. Minimizing water usage and waste. Chances are that the amount of water being used in the daily processes are more than is actually necessary. Reducing the amount of water in areas such as cleaning. Looking at ways that you can save water can heighten the efficiency in not only cleaning processes, but also in cost reduction and time scale.

  2. Looking at ways to reduce waste is a top priority in seafood processing. You can reduce in several areas such as finding ways to extend the shelf life of seafood products, using any by-products from production lines and turning these into extra revenue and securing a more efficient approach to skinning, deboning and portioning seafood.

  3. Minimizing energy use can be implemented into the seafood processing industry in several ways such as introducing energy efficient machines, looking into low energy ways to transport your products, and evaluating the total energy use by your company.

  4. Exploring sustainable packaging options. As more non-plastic alternatives in food packaging are being introduced, it would be highly beneficial for the environment to invest in sustainable packaging for seafood.

  5. Improving manufacturing processes. As new solutions are coming out for the production line and other necessary logistics, looking into sustainable manufacturing processes can help to lessen your environmental trail and can be good for business as well.

  6. Improve seafood traceability. Consumers are becoming more eager to know the origin of their seafood and so increasing the traceability will not only provide a higher customer satisfaction but can also improve the quality and safety of the seafood.

  7. Seafood can contain high amounts of heavy metals and other contaminants. Making sure that food safety inspections and technologies are in place can improve the quality of the seafood and avoid unnecessary wastage.

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