Freshwater ﬁsheries are an important economic activity in Estonia among lakeside communities. Here, catches being hauled aboard a vessel on Lake Peipsi.
Estonian ﬁsh farming to focus on niche products
Farmers and ﬁshers to focus on value addition Aquaculture production within the European Union has stagnated for several years. In 2005 production amounted to 1.3m tonnes, while in 2010 it was 1.26m tonnes. Within the European Commission, Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affaires and Fisheries, is determined to boost the development of European aquacultur.
he European aquaculture sector today has many strengths, but is also beset by problems. Among them are Present as visitors at
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slow licensing procedures and other administrative inefficiencies. “Today, obtaining a licence for a new farm can take up to
three years, which obviously deters investors” says Maria Damanaki. “I want to work with Member States to cut red
tape and help the competitiveness of this sector building upon the high level of consumer and environmental protection we
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Eurofish Magazine 5 / 2013
Featuring Denmark and Estonia, this issue also looks at onshore, inshore and offshore aquaculture.