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RGU researchers work on “eco-label” for fish

Fish at market
Fish at market

A new study into fishing in the north-east could encourage fisherman to work in more energy efficient ways.

The researchers looked into producing an “eco-label” which details the amount of energy used in the catching, processing and distribution of fish.

This would then allow fish producers and manufacturers to sell their products in a low-energy category.

The researchers at Robert Gordon University analysed fish caught and processed in and around Fraserburgh, and also looked into fish life cycles.

The eco-label label would detail the amount of energy used in the catching and processing stages of catching fish.

The study is part of a wider research project, e-harbours, which aims to create a more sustainable energy model within Europe’s harbour regions.

The RGU research showed that catching and processing a tonne of haddock used 2898.4KWh, which is more than the amount of electricity used by the average household in ten months.

Meanwhile, catching and processing a tonne of mackerel used only 867.27KWh.

The team also looked at the energy used in the distribution stages of fish production between Fraserburgh and the south of England.

Dr. Ebun Akinsete, of RGU’s Institute for Innovation, Design and Sustainability, led part of the research,

She said: “There is huge scope in this area for more research, which could help fishermen see where they can perhaps be more energy efficient throughout the catching process.”

Dr Simon Burnett – of RGU’s Institute for Management, Governance and Society – said: “Consumers are getting used to seeing a variety of labels on their food products.

“It’s hoped that clearly presented information in the form of a fish energy label would encourage responsible consumer choices.”

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