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"Aquaculture, not the Internet, represents the most promising investment opportunity of the 21st Century."

- Peter Drucker, Management Expert & Economist


Brussels motivates EU regions to bet on aquacultur

Aquaculture is showing signs of recovery in the European Union (EU), after more than a decade of stagnation.
The sector had 4 percent growth in volume and 8 percent in value between 2014 and 2015, and its profits exceeded  EUR 400 million euro. Currently, it is generating more value than ever before, assures the European executive.

According to the European Commission, strong cooperation with the national authorities to remove barriers to growth have led the industry to succeed. As a result, many governments have been taking steps to reduce bureaucracy.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella emphasized at the Farmed in the EU Regions conference, the need for even greateracceptance of the regions of the European bloc.

"Aquaculture can deliver local food and local jobs in an environment-friendly way. The planning, authorisation, and ultimately the success of aquaculture in the EU lie in the hands of our regions and Member States. We count on you to support investment in this promising industry", Commissioner Vella said.

Commissioner Vella believes aquaculture is a key pillar of global and European food security.

"We need to plan ahead now to provide more fish, shellfish and algae in a sustainable, responsible way", Commissioner Vella said. "Of course we must continue our work on sustainable wild fisheries, but if we are to get more seafood, it has to come from farming. Having many small, well-planned farming actions at regional scale, and helping consumers to make informed, responsible choices is the key to success."

At the Conference, the EC revealed a series of new guidelines on the accommodation of aquaculture within the EU environmental rules, as well as information on planning and business authorisation.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP) provides EUR 1.2 billion exclusively for aquaculture, aiming at helping farms invest, grow, become more innovative and efficient, and also to help attract more private investment.

European authorities think that if investments work out and the conditions continue to be supportive of the sector, a 25 percent growth will be achieved by 2020, goal set by Member States when they developed their aquaculture plans in 2014.

The EU expressed its commitment to collaborate with national and regional authorities to implement the "FARMED in the EU" communication campaign, helping aquaculture professionals to explain their job to schools across Europe.

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