This study utilised face to face survey method through semi structured interview schedule for gathering information regarding the quantity of seafood raw materials procured and the associated waste generation pattern, waste management issues and ultimately the impact excreted by the waste produced to the local community, in India’s one of the major seafood processing zone, the Cochin Corporation (CC), in the state of Kerala. In the study area, large quantities of seafood solid waste is left as unutilised, and are managed largely by the private sector for disposal. The unregulated disposal of seafood solid and liquid waste has created environmental and social ill effects in the area. It is hoped that this study would prove as a tool for future waste management planning and by-product valorisation decisions by the seafood industry as well as the authorities.
Keywords: seafood waste, waste management, by-product valorisation, India