Friday, 19 March 2021 13:12

New book analyses Turkey’s aquaculture industry

EM2 21 News INt Tudav bookA new book from the Turkish Marine Research Foundation celebrates the country’s aquaculture industry, the third largest by volume in Europe after Norway and Spain. The book, Marine Aquaculture in Turkey: Advancements and Management, is a collection of papers written by academics, resource managers, and representatives from industry. Edited by M. Didem Demircan and Deniz D. Tosun from Istanbul University, and Deniz Coban from Aydin Adnan Menderes University, the papers cover all aspects of the aquaculture industry from production to the sector’s effects on the environment and on occupational health. Production Is fully integrated starting from broodstock and ending in a range of products for the market. Seabass, seabream, and rainbow trout farmed inland are the most cultivated species, but smaller volumes of several other species are also produced.

The sector boasts 20 hatcheries, 23 feed plants, and over 200 processing facilities, and it maintains close links with the research establishment based in universities and institutes as well as with the government. Turkish legislation is harmonised with EU directives and regulations enabling the country to export some four fifths of its production to the EU. In 2023 the target is to produce 600,000 tonnes (up from 373,000 tonnes in 2019) and to export USD2bn (up from USD1bn in 2019) worth of fish and seafood products.

The expansion of production will take the interests of the environment into account in terms of site selection, feed quality and feed consumption ratio, use of modern technology, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture models, stocking density and discharge criteria for water. The book, all 440 pages, contains useful and up to date information for those interested in the Turkish aquaculture sector and its development in the years ahead. It can be freely downloaded from tudav.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Marine_Aquaculture_in_Turkey_2020_low.pdfMarine_Aquaculture_in_Turkey_2020_low.pdf