EU: a new publication on organic aquaculture (IT)


The European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has recently published a series of data on the EU market of organic aquaculture. The latest sales figures were collected by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products - EUMOFA. Organic aquaculture products account for almost 4% of total aquaculture production in the EU, and reached about 50,000 tons in 2015. The main producer of organic aquaculture products is by far Ireland, accounting for 44% of the total production in the 28 Member States, followed by Italy (17%), the United Kingdom (7%) and France (6%). The main species bred with organic methods is salmon, followed by mussels, carp, trout, sea  bass and sea bream. However, economic performance varies among species and among  Member States, and some important constraints still remain a limit.

Since 2010 organic aquaculture production has steadily grown in EU Member States, also following the adoption of specific EU legislation, increased consumer interest in organic products and the opportunity to use the organic logo to better highlight the positive characteristics of such types of aquaculture production. For example, in January-March 2017, the value and volume of sales increased in Denmark, France, Latvia, Norway and Portugal compared to January-March 2016.




Source: EUMOFA (European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products)




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