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Fish waste is valuable

December 18, 2019


Flevoland is responsible for a large part of fish processing in the Netherlands. An enormous amount of waste remains once fish has been processed. This waste is still suitable for all types of products, including for the food, health and cosmetics industry. On 17 December 2019, Fish Value BV and the Provincial Executive of Flevoland signed a circular chain for fish waste. This chain investigates the various options for processing fish waste in Flevoland.


Geert Jan Pastoor, Director of Fish Value, sees plenty of opportunities. "At the moment, different types of fish are processed into one type of fish meal, even though the waste of different types of fish can be used to produce a wide range of products. My ambition is to build a factory where we process those different waste products for each type of fish." Furthermore, a large part of fish waste is currently processed abroad, involving the release of large amounts of CO2 and Nox during transport. Processing in Flevoland would reduce CO2 emissions by more than 500 tonnes and produce environmental gains with reduced nitrogen emissions. The Provincial Executive supports the fish chain with a Chain Manager who helps to identify the bottlenecks. The Chain Manager will also see if there are opportunities to involve more parties in the chain.

Circular Platform Flevoland

Circular Platform Flevoland is an alliance between the Provincial Executive and the local authorities of Flevoland. The aim of the Platform is to bring entrepreneurs, governments and knowledge institutes into contact with each other to share knowledge and experience of the circular economy and to make it grow. By now the Platform has more than 400 members and already supported several circular chains in Flevoland. You can find more information about the Platform on

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