Seafood waste can be used to manufacture other marketable products. (Photo: Subpesca)
Fishing waste processing to contribute to production diversification
Monday, May 18, 2015, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The Technical University Federico Santa Maria has begun to implement a project aimed at developing an autonomous module that allows transforming artisanal fisheries seafood waste into a useful product.
Work will be performed in Caleta Portales, with financial assistance amounting to CLP 164 million (USD 274,500) from GORE Valparaiso, commissioned by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA).
SUBPESCA head Raul Súnico, stressed that this new project is committed to production diversification.
"The waste from fishing flying jumbo squid, hake and Southern rays bream will no longer be waste, but may become another marketable product, opening up new possibilities for small-scale fishing," he explained.
For his part, Ricardo Radebach, a professional at the Fisheries Development Division of the Underecretariat, said that "Portales is an emblematic cove nationwide, since due to its infrastructure it is destined to become a service centre and to use products that have no value today, it is following the line."
In addition, he indicated that in the future it could "provide waste processing service to other coves in the region."
Project manager Manuel Young said that a demonstration plant will be installed in the cove for it to be operational by the end of the year, where the product will be sold.
In the module, raw material will be reduced until creating a kind of concentrated brick with fish and flying jumbo squid, which will serve as the basis for developing marketable products.
In a first stage, the idea is to develop pellet freshener for cats, anticipated Young.
Meanwhile, Eduardo Quiroz, head of Caleta Portales, ensured that this project will not only make it possible to advance in fisheries diversification, but it will also contribute to protecting the environment and costs.
SUBPESCA plans to use the results of this initiative to implement it in other coves.
By Analia Murias