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The study was conducted with the aim of analysing feasibility of a supply chain, to capitalise on unsold seafood products for distribution to deprived people.
The study was based on the new regulation regarding landing obligations, and was carried out in three phases. The first part is dedicated to examining the conditions for access to seafood products within distribution networks. The second part of the study focuses on detailing the legal, technical and economic constraints involved in the recovery and exploitation of landed catches that are below the minimum conservation reference sizes, or which exceed individual quotas. The study highlights the obstacles at various levels, from on-board processing to existing processing units, that make it difficult to process raw materials at a cost that is acceptable to stakeholders; it draws attention to the experience of the non-market-oriented structures of the Social and Solidarity Economy in France. On the basis of a comparative analysis of the traceability guarantees and costs related to the various possible technical solutions for a collection and processing system that is appropriate to the volume of supply arising from the landing obligation and to the needs of distribution operators, the study presents a proposal for action, based on the mobilisation of fishery producer organisations and of public financial aid.