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ALBANIA

Albanian seafood imports (EUR thousand) 2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Spain

4,420

5,695

5,793

5,351

9,432

Croatia

4,658

4,133

6,620

9,773

8,502

Italy

2,612

3,761

4,247

6,394

6,139

Greece

2,084

2,766

3,491

3,884

2,794

Estonia

-

-

-

-

2,619

Canada

3

-

3

-

2,362

Ecuador

434

636

1,187

2,063

1,334

Greenland China

572

-

-

83

1,020

612

705

1,288

1,008

Others

2,135

2,210

5,289

8,719

8,325

Total

16,918

19,813

27,335

37,555

43,534

imported. Trout farming is a growing activity and the bigger producers are keen to invest in processing facilities to add value to their product. Most of the production is sold on the domestic market. Carp production, on the other hand, is declining. This may partly be because consumer tastes are changing, but also because water bodies where carps grow are now being taken over for agricultural crops. Overfishing and the lack of restocking efforts may also play a role in the decline of carp production.

Notes: - = Nil, 0 = less than 0.5 Source: Institute of Statistics, Albania

Increased investments in trout farms Farmed species in Albania apart from seabass, seabream, and mussels in the sea, also includes trout in land-based facilities and carps in ponds. The trout farming industry comprises some 45 farmers half of which

are tiny outfits cultivating for subsistence, while the remainder produce for the market. Trout is a popular fish to farm as it is not too demanding technically and reaches market size relatively quickly. Many of the bigger operators therefore also have their own hatcheries. Feed, on the other hand, is typically

Coastal lagoons are a source of small volumes of high quality fish most of which is sold on the domestic market. The most common species caught by the lagoon fishermen are wild seabass and seabream, different species of mullet, and eel. A commonly used gear is the fish weir, a barricade made of plastic or wooden canes, that is placed at the mouth of the channel

Inland fishing is also carried out with fish weirs, structures that funnel the fish in to a trap. Here the weir on the Buna river as it enters the Shkodra lake.

between the lagoon and the sea, and funnels the fish as they try to return to the sea from the lagoon into a trap. The gentle nature of the fishing prevents physical damage to the fish, and after harvesting the fish is transported usually in refrigerated vans to buyers. Fish weirs are however not the only type of gear that is used in the lagoons. Trammel nets and fyke nets are also set by the fishermen in different parts of the lake and at different seasons. The latter are used to target eel in particular. Lagoon fishermen are licensed to catch fish from the lagoon, but they are also often charged with responsibility for the health of the lagoon. They must ensure that water flows in and out of the lagoon are not impeded, illegal fishing is prevented, and that the environment of the lagoon is not compromised in any way.

Inland fishermen take the fight against IUU activities into their own hands Albania has a significant inland fishery amounting to about a quarter of the total fish production in the country although catch volumes from the inland fishery fell abruptly to 532 tonnes in 2016 from 1,180 tonnes in 2015. According to Mimoza Cobani from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration, the decline in inland fisheries production in 2016 was mainly because of certain administrative measures, and does not reflect a collapse in the stock or the fishery. The fisheries law calls for the creation of co-management areas (that are jointly managed by the administration and the fishermen) and preparatory to these areas being legally created, the licenses of fishermen

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