Fish Farming ma ga z i n e
PHOTO: PHILOSOFISH BY BITSAKOS
Aquaculture and the future
The prospects of fish farming in Greece must be ensured by targeted R&D actions.
n 2012, the Federation of Greek Maricultures along with the European Aquaculture Technology Research and Innovation Platform (EATiP) developed a growth vision of the industry into 2030. The program foresees an average annual production growth of 3.1 percent and harvest of 2.5 million tons for the EU by 2030. European production is expected to rise to 4.5 million tons of fishery products. Specifically Mediterranean aquaculture is projected to grow at an average annual growth rate of 4 percent, which will provide 305,000 tons of additional production with a value estimated at 1.5 billion euro. This is expected to create 10,000 new jobs.
The export orientation of the industry will be further strengthened as exports are expected to exceed 200,000 tons Greece will be responsible for a major share of this growth and it is expected to double its production by 2030 in order to meet the growing demand and maintain its market position globally. Harvested production is expected to reach nearly 230,000 tons, worth 1.2 billion euros. The export orientation of the industry will be further strengthened (85-90%) as exports are expected to exceed 200,000 tons with a value at first sale of more than 1 billion euro. It is estimated that this will create up to 3,000 new jobs in direct employment and many more in related activities. In Greece, development priorities are: a) minimizing production costs through improvement of the production process; b) species diversification to meet market demands; c) fish feed production through sustainable resources; and d) new species-specific processing technologies and traceability of the farmed products.
Special thanks to the Hellenic Aquaculture Producers Organization (HAPO), the Federation of Greek Maricultures (FGM) & the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Fish farming in Greece facts and figures
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