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APROMAR publishes its annual report “Aquaculture in Spain in 2017”
Friday, 21 July 2017 08:12

APROMAR, the Spanish Aquaculture Business Association, has published its 2017 annual report on the evolution of the aquaculture sector. This document, addressed at companies and professionals of the sector, as well as to public administrations, policy-makers, politicians, the media, students and the society in general, provides information about the status of the aquaculture activity and aims to promote its sustainable development.

The report is divided into three sections ─aquaculture production in Spain, aquaculture in the EU and the world and commercialization of aquaculture products─ and it includes information and data compiled by APROMAR, but also from sources such as the European Commission, the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and the Environment (MAPAMA), the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), among others.

Concerning the aquaculture production in Spain, mussel was the main living aquatic resource in weight (225,307 tonnes in 2015), while the main species caught by the Spanish fleet was skipjack tuna (144,810 tonnes this year). In 2015, the Spanish aquaculture production reached 289,821 tonnes and a first sales value of 407.2 million EUR. The main species produced was mussel (225,307 t), followed by European seabass (21,324 t), seabream (16,231 t) and rainbow trout (16,179 t). The harvest for 2016 is estimated at 292,689 tonnes.

In 2015, 5,129 fish farms were operating in Spain. In 2016, 121,000 tonnes of aquaculture fish feed were used, +2.1% compared to 2015. The harvest of farmed seabream in 2016 reached 13,740 tonnes, a decrease of 15.3% from the year before. European seabass registered 23,445 tonnes (+9.9% from 2015) and turbot reached 7,396 tonnes, 4.1% less than the previous year. Galicia is, by far, the main producing autonomous community 99%.

The world aquaculture production reached 106.0 million tonnes in 2015, with a value of more than 130,380 million EUR. Meanwhile, in the EU, a volume of 1.3 million tonnes and a value of 3,584 million EUR were registered. The main aquaculture species produced in the EU in 2015 are mussel (492,572 t), Atlantic salmon (185,995 t) and rainbow trout (185,889 t).

Spain is the Member State of the EU with a higher aquaculture harvest in 2105 (289,821 t), followed by the United Kingdom (206,834 t) and France (206,800 t). In 2016, the main species that made up the total aquaculture production in Europe were seabream, with 195,853 tonnes (+5.3% over 2015), European seabass, with 176,956 tonnes (+0.1 % over 2015) and turbot, with 10,007 tonnes (─12.0% over 2015). An additional increase is expected for the three species in 2017.

The European Union is the main and most relevant world market for aquaculture products. In 2016, the EU consumed 12.2 million tonnes of aquaculture products, 8.9 million tonnes of which were imported. The Spanish household consumption of aquaculture products amounted to 13.25% of their expenditure in food and drinks, with an expenditure per capita of 202.44 EUR and a consumption per person and year of 25.49 kg.

The first sales of farmed seabream produced in Spain reached 13,740 tonnes in 2016 and 79.4 million EUR, with an average price of 5.78 EUR/kg (─1.0% over 2015). The first sales of farmed seabream produced in Spain reached 23.45 tonnes in 2016 and 132.9 million EUR, with an average price of 5.67 EUR/kg (+0.5% over 2015). As for turbot, its first sales average price reached 8.58 EUR/kg (+16.6% over 2015), with a total value of 63.5 million EUR.

The report “Aquaculture in Spain in 2017” is available at: