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Supporting Global Expansion of Aquaculture

The new strategy of the European Commission

Globally, fish is by far the most traded agricultural commodity, and aquaculture is the fastest growing food production activity. Asia is the leader, with 80% of global production. However, with its Aquaculture Strategy of April 2009, the European Commission provides a red carpet to European industry, reports Susanne Gura.


The North is unable to meet its own consumption and sources half of its imports in the South. The EU is particularly dependant on imports. While some 12 million tonnes of fish and other aquatic species are consumed in the EU-27, of which some 60% are EU produced, 1.3 million tonnes from aquaculture, and 5.7 million (a decline of around 26% over the last decade) tonnes from capture fisheries. This deficit is one of the main reasons for the Aquaculture Strategy that the European Commission presented in April 2009 ...

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