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Environmental Assessment of Seafood Products through LCA

Final report of a Nordic Network project

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A network project run has gathered researchers in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and seafood to discuss and develop methodology for LCAs of seafood products. Project participants represented national projects in this field in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland. The project has resulted in exchange of research results between the national projects and has constituted a forum for discussion of methodological issues for the participants. Methodological development has taken several important steps forward through this collaboration which are reported in this report as well as benefits of this development for the Nordic seafood sector. The report starts with a brief introduction to LCA methodology, continues with short reports about important environmental questions related to fishery and reports from the different workshops. Finally, a discussion of results, conclusions and a future outlook ends the report. Hopefully this will give a good picture of the status of LCA methodology for products coming from fishery and aquaculture.

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Summary

The project Network for environmental assessment of seafood products through LCA was started in 2001 with the objective to create a forum for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) researchers from the Nordic countries in order to strengthen this research area and make application of this methodology to Nordic seafood products possible. The idea was to strengthen the market position of the Nordic seafood industry by communicating the results and implications of environmental assessments of their marine products and explain how these can be used to put environmental demands on suppliers, to make effective improvements in their own production or to communicate environmental performance of their products to customers and consumers. Therefore, communication of project results to stakeholders in the seafood product chain has been an important part of the project. Another important aspect of this work has been to discuss how environmental performance of seafood products can be assessed and how LCA studies can be utilized by seafood producers as well as fishery management organisations in order to achieve environmental improvements.

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