EU: new data for organic aquaculture
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The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission recently published market data for EU Organic Aquaculture. The most recent sales data collected by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products EUMOFA are available by 14 June 2017.
Organic products account for almost 4% of the total aquaculture output in the EU and reached about 50.000 tonnes in 2015. The main producer of organic farmed seafood is, by far, Ireland, accounting for 44% of total organic production in the 28 Member States; followed by Italy (17%), the United Kingdom (7%) and France (6%). The main species grown under organic standards are salmon, mussel, carp, trout, seabass and seabream. However economic performance varies between species and between Member States, and some important constraints still restrict its development.
Increasing demand and production
Since 2010, organic fish production has been increasing in EU Member States, following the adoption of EU rules, growing consumers' interest for organic products as well as the opportunity to use the organic logo to better highlight the positive features of some types of aquaculture production, explains a recent release of EUMOFA (European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products). For example January−March 2017, first-sales value and volume increased in Denmark, France, Latvia, Norway, and Portugal over January−March 2016.
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