Environmental Assessment of Seafood Products through LCA
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Environmental Assessment of Seafood Products through LCA

Final report of a Nordic Network project

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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Nordic Council of Ministers

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The network has brought together the Nordic competence on LCA applied to seafood, which is pioneering this research field, as mentioned earlier. We have had the chance to get to know each others work in detail and exchange experiences from practical LCA work as well as discuss methodological issues which have arisen in the various national projects. Moreover, we have had the chance to invite speakers to talk about their specialities in areas where we felt that more knowledge is needed in order to be able to advance seafood LCA methodology. This increased knowledge was used to develop methods for some of the fishery-specific environmental impact categories and to suggest indicators for measuring the specific environmental impact of a fishing activity. Methodological development has thereby been more efficient than it otherwise would have been.