Estonian fish farming to focus on niche products (October 2013)Farmers and fishers to focus on value addition
Aquaculture production within the European Union has stagnated for several years. In 2005 production amounted to 1.3m tonnes, while in 2010 it was 1.26m tonnes. Within the European Commission, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries, is determined to boost the development of European aquacultur.
The European aquaculture sector today has many strengths, but is also beset by problems. Among them are slow licensing procedures and other administrative inefficiencies. “Today, obtaining a licence for a new farm can take up to three years, which obviously deters investors” says Maria Damanaki. “I want to work with Member States to cut red tape and help the competitiveness of this sector building upon the high level of consumer and environmental protection we currently have”. While red tape is one of the issues identified by the Commission that is holding back the European aquaculture sector, others include, the need to facilitate access to space and water; to increase competitiveness in the sector; and to improve the level playing field by exploiting the competitive edge of “made-in-the-EU” fish products.Click here to read the full article in the Eurofish Magazine.
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