Friday, May 20, 2011

Aquaculture production falling for the first time in 25 years

The Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers (Apromar) reported that between January and December 2010, the marine aquaculture industry produced 43,888 tonnes of fish in Spain, 9.4 percent less than in 2009, when 48,441 tonnes were produced. Moreover, the value of the aquaculture production last year was EUR 220 million, representing a decrease of 1.7 percent over 2009 (€224 million) (US$315 million).

These declines occurred in Spain despite global aquaculture growing year-over-year rates of over six percent. The drop in the aquaculture production in 2010 is the first in 25 years of activity, as Apromar indicated in its annual report.

The association attributed this decline to several factors:   
  • External issues, such as the general crisis of food consumption in Spain;
  • Difficulty in obtaining credit;
  • Complications to achieve licensing for new farms;
  • An inappropriate administrative framework, which is complex and slow;
  • Lack of equal opportunities against the import of similar products that undermines the competitiveness of local enterprises. Read more ...
This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers
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