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[ PROJECTS ] Danish project proposes adding value to crab by-catch

Potentially useful ingredients for food and feed The Danish gill-net fishery which targets plaice and cod also has a by-catch of crabs. While the crab claws are of commercial value, the rest of the animal is discarded at sea. Now a consortium of nine partners with EUR1.4m in support from the EU cofunded Danish GUDP (green development and demonstration) programme is looking for ways to utilise the crab bodies as well.

While a market for crab claws already exists, a Danish project is finding uses for crab bodies and shells.

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he by-catch of crabs in the gill-net fisheries is irritating for many fishermen because they get entangled in the nets and are impossible to release alive. The crab claws are removed and iced on-board for sale, but the crab

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bodies are crushed and discarded. A new project is looking at ways to better utilise the crab by-catch that will benefit the whole food chain. The project should show whether it is possible to improve the economy

of the small scale coastal fishing fleet by increasing the utilisation of the crabs that enter their nets when they fish for other species. It is about utilising a resource with economic potential. Brown and white meat from crab bodies is a delicacy

in Norway and France, though not in Denmark. We can surely find a way to utilise it rather than discarding it, explains Marco Frederiksen, senior project manager in Eurofish International Organisation, one of the project partners.

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