Turning Fish Waste into a Sustainable Solution for Farmers


Each week, local fisheries in the Galápagos Islands generate approximately 4,500 pounds of fish processing waste, which is subsequently thrown into landfills where it can emit methane and other climate-altering greenhouse gases. To make better use of fish waste and curb its emissions, scientists at Conservation International transformed it into usable products like plant fertilizer — leading to sweeter and juicier vegetables — and protein-rich food for farm animals. Through a new woman-led initiative focused on commercializing fish waste, this effort is creating new jobs in communities that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for the mothers and daughters of fishers.

Support provided partners the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility


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