Brussels motivates EU regions to bet on aquaculture

(fis.com) 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……

Globally, the marine aquaculture industry generates roughly $166 billion per year

New research indicates the US aquaculture industry needs to target strategic outreach and consumer education in order to achieve its growth potential.

Globally, the marine aquaculture industry generates roughly $166 billion per year, with steady growth predicted for years to come. However, the US lags in international markets in terms of production levels, and for the industry to grow, there must be a general understanding and acceptance of farmed marine foods by the public.

With that in mind, researchers from the University of Maine, led by assistant professor of economics Caroline Noblet and assistant professor of risk communication Laura Rickard, designed and implemented a nationally distributed survey to better understand US resident perceptions and knowledge of sustainable aquaculture.

The questions are pertinent to ongoing research at UMaine through the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) and to answer longstanding questions posed by industry insiders and stakeholders…(thefishsite.com)