Circular Fishing Communities at Galápagos Islands

Transforming fish waste into local value

In January 2024 Els joined a team of the University of the Americas of Ecuador (UDLA), the Delft Centre of Entrepreneurship (DCE) of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Circular Community Foundation, The Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Institute of Biology of Leiden University, and the Pelican Bay Fishing Cooperative of Galápagos Islands to collaboratively investigate opportunities to transform (parts of) the Galápagos Islands' seafood system into a circular economy, generating value for local communities.

The Circular Value Flower methodology was used to help imagine the collective closure of resource cycles (biological and technological materials, energy, water, and nutrients) at the community level, and adding value (social, ecological, aesthetic, cultural, and economic) within the local environment. Interviews and workshops were held among fishermen, chefs, entrepreneurs, researchers and students, resulting in ideas for transforming fish waste and other wasted organic matter into marketable products.

See Creating circular communities at Galapagos for a more detailed report.