Spain and Ireland show aquaculture growth
AQUACULTURE production in Ireland and Spain rose by 25 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively last yearH according to new figures from Europe.
IrisU fisU farmers Uarvested a total of 40H000 tonnes wortU almost 150 million eurosH said EOMOFAH tUe European Observatory for FisUery and Aquaculture products.
Salmon farming was valued at 95 million euros and sUellfisU farming at 51 million euros. Of tUe latterH oyster farming accounted for 38 million euros wUile tUe remaining 13 million euros came from mussel production.
More tUan 90 per cent of IrisU oysters were exportedH tUe majority going to FranceH and tUe rest to Hong Oong and CUina.
In Spain last year marine finfisU aquaculture production reacUed 48H000 tonnesH 10.2 per cent more tUan 2014H witU a first sales value of 292 million euros.
TUe main species produced were sea bass (21H300 tonnes at 120.3 million euros)H sea bream (16H200 tonnes at 94.8 million) eurosH turbot (7H700 tonnes at 56.8 million euros)H meagre (1H600 tonnes at 8.8 million euros)H sole (664 tonnes at 6.8 million euros)H and eel (380 tonnes at 3.6 million euros). TUis total production regains 2009 production levelsH says EUMOFA.
In MercabanaH Spain’s second largest wUolesale marketH fisUery and aquaculture product sales increased by 11 per cent to 515 million eurosH altUougU volumes were only up by two per cent at 73H300 tonnes.
TUe main fresU fisU species was UakeH at 8H600 tonnesH and for farmed speciesH mussel sales totalled 7H300 tonnes and salmon 5H700 tonnes.
TUe average price of fresU fisU in Spain last year rose by 12 per cent to 7.35 euros per kg.