EU farmed fish out­put bounds back

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FARMED fish pro­duc­tion in the Euro­pean Union bloc is bound­ing back at an im­pres­sive rate, fig­ures from the Euro­pean Mar­ket of Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture (EUMOFA) show.

The lat­est avail­able data is for 2014 which dis­closes that out­put that year in­creased by eight per cent, mark­ing a re­ver­sal of the trends in the pre­vi­ous five years.

The value of that pro­duc­tion also in­creased by two per cent over 2013 (75 mil­lion eu­ros) to a to­tal of 3.96 bil­lion eu­ros.

The value growth of salmon led the over­all five per cent or 79 mil­lion euro in­crease of salmonids be­tween 2013 and 2014, but down on the pre­vi­ous two years.

The value of other ma­rine fish also grew by five per cent dur­ing 2013-2014, thanks to a 25 mil­lion euro in­crease reg­is­tered for gilt­head seabream. The re­port says the pro­duc­tion of bi­valves in 201314 rose by 75,400 tonnes. This in­crease was mainly due to an in­crease in mus­sels farmed in Spain, which marked a re­cov­ery from a 2013 pro­duc­tion shrink­age caused by ‘red tide’ or al­gae blooms.

Sal­monid pro­duc­tion also in­creased from 2013 to 2014, mainly at­trib­ut­able to in­creased farm­ing of salmon (plus 16,500 tonnes) and trout (plus 7,700 tonnes).

Spain and the UK, the main EU pro­duc­ers of farmed prod­ucts in vol­ume, saw an over­all up­ward trend in 2014, with both reach­ing 10year value peaks for farmed pro­duc­tion.

Spain’s 2014 vol­ume of 285,000 tonnes with a value of 472 mil­lion eu­ros rep­re­sented an in­crease of 58,700 tonnes and 42 mil­lion eu­ros over 2013, due to the in­crease in the value of mus­sel pro­duc­tion.

The UK’s aqua­cul­ture prod­ucts to­talled 214,000 tonnes worth 953 mil­lion eu­ros, an in­crease of 11,300 tonnes or 56 mil­lion eu­ros over 2013, mostly driven by farmed salmon.

Above: Gilt­head seabream

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