As much as 47% of the edible U.S. seafood supply is wasted each year, with more than half of that waste coming at the consumer level as people throw away spoiled or uneaten seafood at home, according to a new study.
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future estimated the edible U.S. seafood supply at 4.7 billion lbs a year, and said that 2.3 billion lbs of that are wasted.
The study, published in the Journal Global Environmental Change, said that 573 million lbs are lost annually as commercial fisherman catch and discard the wrong species. Roughly 330 million lbs are lost during distribution and retail, and 1.3 billion lbs are lost at the consumer level.
The researchers recommended a number of changes to reduce the waste, including stricter limits on by-catch by commercial fishermen.
The next few months will determine just how committed the EU and Scottish governments will be to the no-discard policy.