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Croatia: Finally, membership of the EU is a reality
Monday, 01 July 2013 07:02

KucicOn 1 July 2013 Croatia officially became the 28th Member State of the EU, the culmination of a negotiation process that lasted from 2005 to 2011. As a fully fledged member of the EU Croatia will be represented in the European Commission by Mr Neven Mimica, the former Deputy Prime Minister for Home, Foreign and European Affairs, who will hold the portfolio of consumer protection.

Poland: Carp 2020 Roadmap
Friday, 28 June 2013 13:27

A group of experts has developed Carp Strategy 2020. The strategy not only deeply analyses the situation of carp management in Poland but also assesses the direction of its development towards 2020. According to the document from 18 June 2013, the main purposes for the carp aquaculture in Poland are: maintaining the current carp production (at 60 000 ha with a production of 17 000 tonnes), increasing the profitability of fish farms ( by minimum 10%), and increasing the environmental and social functions of carp management. The Polish production of nearly 17 000 tonnes is almost entirely sold within Poland. Over 80% of the carp is consumed during the Christmas Eve supper. The carp breeders face a difficult market situation where competition from other species of fish is growing.

Source: Fish Industry Magazine,

Albania: Shellfish production now meet EC requirements
Monday, 17 June 2013 08:10

A recently concluded 4 year project commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection has now aligned Albania’s shellfish production with European Commission safety requirements, reports the World Health Organisation (WHO). The main objectives of the project were protecting consumer health and supporting the Albanian shellfish industry. While the consumption of shellfish is beneficial to heart health and helps stimulate children's growth and development, it is also a source of  illnesses and infections as shellfish are filter feeders and can accumulate toxins produced by algae as well as bacteria and viruses. The rise in global consumption of mussels, scallops, clams and oysters, has meant  increased outbreaks of shellfish caused human disease. The project has improved  Albania’s national capacity in food safety and systems have been put in place to reduce food safety risks during the cultivation and harvesting of bivalve molluscs. The project’s achievements include:

  • Certification of the Butrinti Lagoon for mussel depuration and purification;
  • Compliance of the Butrinti Lagoon (where mussels are produced) with European Commission standards for sanitary assessment;
  • Strengthening of the diagnostic capacities of the Butrinti Lagoon’s laboratory  to meet European Union reference laboratory standards for E. coli and Salmonella spp.; and
  • Setting up of a web-based, real-time reporting system among veterinary, public health and food safety authorities, including selected food safety laboratories."

The project was supported by the Italian Development Cooperation and implemented by WHO/Europe’s food safety programme and the WHO Country Office, Albania

Ireland: FEAP commits to the sustainable development of aquaculture
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 08:52

At its annual general meeting in May the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers released a series of principles that are meant to ensure the future of the freshwater and marine aquaculture sector. The principles address five areas, water resources, science, environment, economics, and consumers, and relate to the sustainable development of the industry. Called ‘Streaming Sustainability in Aquaculture’ the declaration was witnessed by Mr Simon Coveney TD, the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who welcomed it as a clear indication that the sector will continue to provide safe and nutritious food, create jobs and added-value in coastal and rural communities, and contribute to European food security. The AGM attracted 42 delegates from 16 countries.

Spain: Production of marine fish from aquaculture increases
Thursday, 02 May 2013 11:44

Spanish production of marine fish from aquaculture grew by 3,3% totalling 44,074 tonnes in 2012 compared with 2011. This is a turning point after two years of declines in sales, but it is still far from the volume of production in 2009, when 48,400 tons were exceeded.

The seabream production in Spain in 2012 has reached 19,430 tonnes, 14,8% more than in 2011, when it was 16,930 tonnes. Spain witnessed the same trend as in the rest of the Mediterranean: after three years of decline, the production picked up again in 2012. The Spanish maximum annual production took place in 2009, with 23,930 tonnes, and the minimum in 2011, with 16,930 tonnes.

In 2012, Valencia led the seabream production in Spain (with 9,710 tonnes, 50,0% of the total), followed by Murcia (3,880 tonnes, 20,0%), Canary Islands (2,740 tonnes, 14,1%), Catalonia (1,570 tonnes, 8,1%) and Andalusia (1,530 tonnes, 7,9%). Noteworthy is the increase in production from 2011 in Valencia (40,5%) in the Region of Murcia (11,8%) and in Catalonia (6,7%). Meanwhile seabream production has continued to fall in the Canaries (-15,9%) and Andalusia (-15,8%).

Montenegro: Food safety workshop for trout producers
Monday, 01 October 2012 00:00

MontenegroFAO together with Eurofish and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro recently organised

a workshop in Podgorica, Montenegro on food safety in the production of rainbow trout. The country produces about 270 tonnes of rainbow trout a year from 26 farms. These are generally small family-owned companies with a production of 5-20 tonnes a year, though there are also four bigger operations producing 50-130 tonnes annually. Production is mainly in raceways, but there is also some production in cages. Most of the fish is produced for the domestic market with small quantities exported to neighbouring Serbia and Macedonia.

Romania: First Recirculation Aquaculture System for turbot
Monday, 01 October 2012 00:00

Romania's turbot fishing quota in the Black Sea was an issue intensively negotiated with European Commission. The outcome for 2012 was a stable but low figure of 43,2 tonnes. The most important way of releasing the pressure on natural resources is to develop an aquaculture system for the species subject to a conservation measure. Taking advantage of the market opportunities and of the European Fisheries Fund – Axis 2 a Romanian company, ELCOMEX AQUA srl, applied successfully for a EUR 3,000,000 investment in a Seawater Recirculation System for turbot on the shore of Black Sea.

Using the experience and the technology of Danish – Norwegian AKVA Group, the recirculation system was built on 4600 sq.m. and has a capacity of 150 tonnes per year of market size turbot. First stocking of the system with juveniles from Denmark, is planned to happen in November and they will be kept in the growing tanks until they will reach marketable size (1,8 - 2,0 kg/piece). The first yield is expected in February – March 2014 and will be supplied live or fresh to the domestic market and to HORECA.


South Korea: FAO D-G stresses importance of sustainable management of marine ecosystems
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 00:00

The three-month long international exposition around the theme “The living Ocean and Coasts” in Yeosu, South Korea

Chile: Best Aquaculture Practices gains first two-star salmon operation in southern hemisphere
Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00

The first salmon farming and processing operation in the southern hemisphere were recently certified to the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) standard,

Spain: Improved system will allow better monitoring of catches in Spain
Thursday, 09 August 2012 00:00

Spanish authorities and the European Commission have joined together to improve the system of catch registration in Spain.

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