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APROMAR celebrates 30 years of working for the aquaculture industry in Spain
Monday, 30 May 2016 00:00

ApromarIn 1986, APROMAR was created as an association to defend the interests of the marine aquaculture sector. This year at the APROMAR General Assembly held on May 12, and opened by MAGRAMA Secretary General of Fisheries, D. Andrés Hermida, APROMAR celebrated 30 years of working for the aquaculture industry in Spain.

The president of APROMAR, José Carlos Rendon, highlighted some of the issues of importance for the sector. These included the National Strategic Aquaculture Plan, where he felt greater efforts were needed to implement the plan and to create awareness among local authorities about the need to streamline administrative procedures. Mr Rendon also said that the long delay in making funding from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund available to the sector was another important issue. While acknowledging the importance of mussel production, he pointed out that production growth is possible in many other species too. Mr Rendon reminded the audience that APROMAR, backed by more than 60% of European producers of seabass and seabream, had filed a complaint with the European Commission against the government of Turkey for the subsidy that it pays to farmers for these species. If Turkey does not withdraw its subsidies, the European Commission should impose a duty on these products, he demanded. The final decision will be known in mid-September.

Innovation is an essential element for sustainability, said the president. To foster innovation a "Network of Marine Aquaculture Experimentation" (REMA), has been established that seeks to organise the efforts of partner companies and prevent duplication. There are great hopes that these research plans will help solve many of the challenges in the production and the market in this sector. Mr Rendon also drew attention to the importance of market information for making business decisions. The European Commission launched the EUMOFA Market Observatory a few years ago, he said, and while the quality of the data in the observatory is slowly improving, the figures for Spain were still not the latest, something he hoped would be rapidly resolved.


Marine aquaculture in Spain

Production

2014

2015

Species

Vol. (t)

Value (m euro)

Vol. (t)

Value (m euro)

Seabream

16230

88,50

16231

94,80

Seabass

17376

100,60

21324

120,30

Turbot

7808

58,60

7715

56,80

Meagre

1090

5,40

1642

8,80

Sole

551

5,50

664

6,80

Others

542

5,10

489

4,70

Total

43597

263,70

48065

292,20