Spain

Thursday, 16 April 2020 08:01

New tools help identify alien species

At the University of Oviedo in Asturias, Alba Ardura (left), Prof. Yaisel J. Borrell, and Prof. Eva Garcia-Vazquez are working on invasive species.This article featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2020.

Researchers at the University of Oviedo work to prevent the spread of invasive alien species through research and outreach. Invasive alien species are among the most serious threats to biodiversity in the EU and are particularly damaging to vulnerable ecosystems such as those found on islands.

Invasive alien species (IAS) can bring important economic and social benefits to society in the short term but may have deleterious impacts on natural resources that can last for generations. A report by the European Environmental Agency in 2012 estimated the impact of IAS on human life and health, and damage to agriculture, forestry, and fisheries to be in the range of EUR12bn per year in Europe.

EM 2 20 Alicia Villauriz IglesiasThis article featured in EUROFISH Magazine 2 2020.
Dña. Alicia Villauriz Iglesias, the Secretary General for Fisheries, has a long history at top levels of the administration of the Spanish agriculture, fisheries, and food sectors with experience both from within Spain and outside. She outlines here some of the issues facing the Spanish fisheries sector and the measures her administration is taking to address them.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Substantial female employment in fisheries

The fisheries sector in Spain has a deep-rooted tradition of women being present in every one of the areas and subsectors of activity, making an essential contribution to the economic and social development of the sector.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Promoting fisheries research and development

The Spanish Technology Platform for fisheries and aquaculture (PTEPA) is a non-profit association that promotes research, development and innovation in the Spanish fisheries and aquaculture sector.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Fishing for tuna responsibly

OPAGAC, the Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers, is making changes in its fishing system with the objective of making fishing a responsible, sustainable industry that responds to the market’s concerns. The organisation is promoting a standard that fully describes the minimum level needed for a responsible fishery.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Breathing new life into an old tradition

Nobody doubts that the Spanish fishery and aquaculture sector is at the cutting edge, of every part of the value chain. The figures confirm it. Spain is the biggest producer in terms of both capture fisheries and aquaculture in the European Union, the second biggest European consumer, and holds the sixth place in the world.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Best practice in fish slaughtering

The Spanish aquaculture sector is developing a set of guidelines for best practice during fish slaughter. While fish welfare will be the focal point the document also addresses worker safety, food safety, and final product quality.

The trade liberalisation undertaken by the European Union in the last years has allowed preferential access to the EU market for major competitors of the European canning industry, whose share of the EU market has been increasing.

Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

New laboratory develops foods of the future

ANFACO started as the Union of Canning Manufacturers of the Vigo estuary in 1904. It grew to include all canning companies in Galicia some years later and today ANFACO-CECOPESCA, as it is officially called following a merger, has 240 members covering fish processors, equipment manufacturers and other suppliers from all over Spain, as well as some international members.

Consumption of fish in Spain continues to decline, as reported by “La Alimentación en España 2015”, a study by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA). A trade association, AECOC/GS 1 Spain, is among those trying to do something about it.

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