With aquaculture currently sagging, a meeting was held to determine plans to increase production and help take the pressure off wild fish in an ever increasing demand in fish hungry Europe. European Union fish consumption is only taking 10 percent of its demand from aquaculture while using nearly 25 percent from wild fisheries which demonstrates a large gap that could be filled with farm fish while creating many new jobs.
Europe’s leading aquaculture researchers gathered for the second annual meeting of the Aquaculture Infrastructure for Excellence in European Fish Research (AQUAEXCEL) project last month in a bid to improve the efficiency of aquaculture production.
Launched in March 2011, AQUAEXCEL aims to integrate key aquaculture research infrastructures across Europe by promoting networking activities and joint research activities, which aim to improve the quality and quantity of services provided by aquaculture research infrastructures.
Mark Vandeputte, coordinator of AQUAEXCEL explained: “As consumers become more concerned about where their food comes from, the European aquaculture sector faces complex challenges.” Click this link to finish reading Aquaculture researchers cooperate.
A three year wait for production licenses is not going to encourage new farmers to enter the industry, so elimination of some of the red tape needs to happen quickly. It is hoped that a Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will encourage competing members to work together for the common goal previously stated.