Monday, July 18, 2011

Astec Aquaculture Center welcomes CFP reforms

The new Astec Aquaculture Business & Science Centre located on North East England’s Northumberland coastline, is a unique purpose-built facility which provides a supportive environment for all types of aquaculture related business and research activities. It has a specific focus on helping fledgling enterprises to become established and grow, and as such, provides a unique combination of ‘plug in and go’ facilities and specialist business support services.

Astec has a very unique offering that appeals to marine scientists and industry alike it has a year round supply of near tropical temperature, flow-through sea-water, enabling a wide range of aquatic plants and animals to be cultivated there. Further to Wednesday’s Common Fisheries Policy Reform, presented by Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Astec welcomes the EU’s recognition of the importance of developing ecologically viable aquaculture as part of its proposals to manage fish stocks.

Astec CEO Kevin Haddrick

Kevin Haddrick, chief executive of Astec says:

“We have previously highlighted the need for a co-ordinated approach to support the development of this dynamic but fragmented industry, so we are particularly supportive of the EU’s plans to establish a new Aquaculture Advisory Council to give advice and guidance on industry-related issues.

The report also states “A better framework for aquaculture will increase production and supply of seafood in the EU, reduce dependence on imported fish and boost growth in coastal and rural areas. By 2014, Member States will draft national strategic plans to remove administrative barriers and uphold environmental, social and economic standards for the farmed-fish-industry".

“As the UK’s first aquaculture business incubator, with a focus on supporting start-up businesses in the sector, we very much welcome the EU’s intention to remove administrative and legislative barriers to trade.” 
Mr Haddrick added: “Astec shares the views of Commissioner Damanaki that there is great potential within the aquaculture sector. We look forward to seeing how the framework develops and strongly suggest the EU grasp this opportunity to ensure aquaculture plays an integral part in developing a more sustainable approach to fisheries management.”

For further information about Astec please call: +44 1670 852771, email:, or visit the website:

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers

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