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Thais Moron Machado
Lívia de Cássia Catapreta
Érika Fabiane Furlan
Cristiane Rodrigues Pinheiro Neiva


The concept of circular economy proposes a deep transformation that
reduces the impact of human activities on the environment. The waste
from the fishing industry is a major source of environmental contamination
and loss of nutrients. This work evaluates the qualitative and quantitative
features of the fish waste generated at Santos Fish Market, São Paulo, focused
on supporting actions for the implementation of the circular economy into
this segment. To collect data related to the volume of waste generated and
its destination, a questionnaire was applied to traders. For the qualitative
characterization, samples of the residue were collected in order to describe
the categories producing the residue, weight and discarded proportions of
viscera, spine, head, skin, and fins. Composition analysis was also carried out
on sampled materials. The results obtained showed that the characterized
waste is representative, both qualitative- and quantitatively, presenting a
chemical composition similar to the edible part of the fish, and is rejected
in landfills, reinforcing the need to implement actions that make the circular
economy feasible in this segment, aiming to reduce environmental and
economic damage.

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Machado, T., Catapreta, L., Furlan, Érika, & Neiva, C. (2020). CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND FISH WASTE. Brazilian Journal of Environmental Sciences (Online), 55(4), 525-535.