GRP Vol. 103 Turbot - Production, Technology and Markets

Feb 2011

Author: Trond Bjørndal and Victor Øiestad
Published by: FAO/GLOBEFISH, Rome, Italy
Published in: February 2011
No. of pages: 31

Turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) is a high-value fish that is much favoured in many market segments. Aquaculture of turbot started first in Scotland in the 1970s, but from the early 1980s the expansion in production volume and number of farms took place in Galicia, Spain. Still the main production takes place in Galicia with modest culture in France, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Wales. This picture may change as a result of plans for substantial expansion of production in Portugal. As a consequence, aquaculture’s share of the market will dominate compared with the contribution from the wild fishery. The purpose of this report is to analyse current developments and make a forecast of future trends in turbot production and markets. There are important developments in farming technology that may impact on future supply and cost of production. With this background, an analysis of the future sustainability of turbot farming from a technological and economic point of view is given.

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