Farmed sole production increased from 46.8 tonnes in 2009 to 141.8 tonnes in 2010. (Photo: Fishbase)
Galician sole production tripled
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
A report released by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs of Xunta de Galicia reveals that aquaculture industry tripled sole production last year while most of the farmed species, including fish, cephalopods, mollusks and algae, dropped in volume. The total value of aquaculture production, however, remained virtually unchanged compared to 2009.
According to the 2010 Aquaculture Annual Report, published by the authority, Galician aquaculture production totalled 222,783 tonnes in 2010, that is to say, 5.8 per cent less than in the previous year (236,000 tonnes).
Meanwhile, revenues fell from EUR 167.5 million raised in 2009 to EUR 167.4 million obtained last year.
The Annual Report detailed that in 2010 141,782 kilograms of sole were produced while in 2009 46,800 kg had been traded.
In relation to the value of this production, in 2009 revenues were recorded for EUR 463,000 and in 2010, for EUR 1.5 million. Each kilo of sole was paid EUR 10.6 in 2010 and EUR 9.9 two years ago.
On the other hand, turbot production fell 10.5 per cent, from 7,433 tonnes in 2009 to 6,653 tonnes a year later.
However, revenues increased slightly, 1.7 per cent and exceeded EUR 57 million. The average price per kilo rose from EUR 7.54 in 2009 to EUR 8.57 in 2010.
Mussels remained the main Galician aquaculture product, with 212,000 tonnes, 5.8 per cent less than in 2009 (225,091 tonnes). The turnover (EUR 86.6 million) fell 2.3 per cent compared to what happened two years ago (EUR 88.6 million).
The average price of each kilo of Galician mussel rose slightly from EUR 0.39 in 2009 to EUR 0.41 in 2010.
Other bivalves experienced significant losses in both production and turnover.
For example, 146,800 kg of carpet shells were sold – 41 per cent less than in 2009 -- for EUR 1.6 million, 31 per cent less.
The octopus is the only cephalopod that appears in the report of the Xunta as an aquaculture species although researchers are still working to close the growing season.
According to official data, in 2010 7,630 kg of octopus from aquaculture reached the market, compared to 8,785 kg in 2009, which implies a decrease of 13 per cent. The revenue fell 31 per cent, from EUR 46,521 to EUR 32,197.
Meanwhile, salmon production recorded a dramatic increase of 5,181 per cent in 2010, from 1,595 kg to 84,206 kg.
Finally, algae production fell 95 per cent from 3,200 kg in 2009 to 156 kg in 2010.
By Analia Murias