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Spain: APROMAR celebrates its 30th General Assembly
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:04

 The Producers Association of Marine Aquaculture of Spain (APROMAR) held its 2012 Annual General Meeting in Madrid, the 30th since 1986, when APROMAR was created.

The meeting was attended by most of its members and a large group of guests from the aquaculture sector, government, research organizations and suppliers. In his opening remarks, Mr. Carlos Dominguez, Secretary General of Fisheries of MAGRAMA (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment), emphasized the role of aquaculture in the future of the European Union and particularly in the European Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In his speech, Mr Fernando Torrent, President of APROMAR, recalled the growing Spanish fisheries trade deficit and the capacity of aquaculture to lower it. He also spelled out the threats and opportunities surrounding the aquaculture sector.alt

Mr Piet Chalmet, Head of Service of the Directorate General for Trade (DG Trade) of the European Commission and invited speaker, explained in detail about the defense instruments of fair trade regarding imports of products in the EU, particularly anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures that can be deployed to protect the interests of European producers. In his paper: "The essential role of the Health Protection Groups (ADS) on the future of aquaculture” Mr Jordi López, Technical Director of ADS ACUIVAL, explained the role of ADS, several of which are already several established in the Spanish aquaculture sector, in preventing the risks related to animal diseases.

 During the meeting APROMAR partners approved the activities report of the association for 2012 and its annual accounts. Special attention was devoted to discuss the current measures, especially related to the reform of the Coastal Act, port fees, review of the CFP, communication and negotiation actions of the collective agreement.