The SEA2LAND project aims to produce bio-based fertilizers (BBFs) from fish processing and aquaculture by-products. It will promote the production of large-scale fertilizers in the EU from own raw materials, based on the circular economy model, transforming by-products into nutrients for crops. This procedure is typically hampered by legislative hurdles that make the product’s transformation difficult to implement. In this context, the most relevant regulations that apply to the SEA2LAND project’s objectives in both the European (EU countries and Norway), and Chilean contexts were compiled and analysed. In this way, and with the help of this study, it should be straightforward to determine the legal framework that must be met by both the receptor and the by-product provider. This work resulted in the report “Analysis of regulations”. The report starts by giving a brief introduction to the European Union legislative system namely the EU institutions involved in the legislation preparation and approval. The EU legislation was then analysed according to five selected categories:

  • waste definition and classification,
  • waste quantification,
  • waste management and disposal,
  • fish processing and,
  • fertilisers

EU regulations for each category were screened and the most relevant were summarised. National regulations that may also apply, namely for Norway and Chile, were then analysed following the same categorization.

This report provides an overview of the main legislation that may somehow impact the production of biofertilisers from fisheries by-products. We have looked at legislation addressing the waste management and production of fertilisers from animal by-products.

It is expected that this document will make it easier for the interested reader by identifying the main legislation. In addition, it is hoped that the reader will mainly be able to reach the desired conclusions and information in a more simplified way without having to consult the countless legislative repositories. It is expected that each individual member will be able to easily navigate to the regulations of their greatest interest and act accordingly.