The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund supports community-led local development, a concept that takes into account the needs of different sectors within an area. This has contributed to the development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in rural and other areas.
Croatia has been favoured with a long and attractive coastline made even longer by the over 1,200 Croatian islands that dot the sea just across from the mainland. Pleasant weather and attractive beaches make coastal Croatia a highly sought after destination for tourists in the summer months. Another big draw is the excellent fresh fish and seafood from the neighbouring Adriatic Sea.
Bytow Lakeland, a FLAG in the Pomerskie region has several projects running. One of these uses a practical approach to inculcate a greater awareness of nature among school children.
At Hodowla Ryb K-2, trout are farmed intensively using a sophisticated recirculation system. Currently 400 tonnes of trout a year are produced on the farm, a figure that is soon due to rise to 600 tonnes.
Gospodarstwo Rybackie Goslawice in Konin was established fifty years ago to exploit the availability of warm water from a nearby thermal power plant to raise grass carp, bighead carp, and common carp. In the years that followed the production of other species was introduced including whitefish, pike-perch, tilapia, paddlefish, ornamental fish, European catfish, and sturgeons.
The Polish aquaculture sector is overwhelmingly dominated by the production of common carp and trout. Insignificant volumes of other carps, sturgeons, and predatory species, such as catfishes, and pike, are also farmed.
Janusz Wrona, Director of the Fisheries Department in the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, discusses some of the important issues affecting the Polish fisheries and the aquaculture sector.
The fact that researchers are not only to be found in the proverbial ivory tower has been demonstrated by Møreforskning for 30 years with its various studies and projects. The group currently includes more than 50 scientists who carry out research and development projects in all areas of the value chain, i.e. from catch to plate, as required and commissioned by industry.
Marine Ingredients is a recognized specialist in the field of biological marine substances, and has produced omega-3 fish oil supplements/ preparations of the highest quality for health and organic food stores, industrial processors and the non-prescription pharmaceuticals market since 1984. The range of omega-3 products from Marine Ingredients ranges from small soft gel fish oil capsules that are taken daily as a dietary supplement, through bottled fish oils to large batches in 190 kg drums.