Turbot aquaculture production. (Photo: Apromar/FIS)
Turbot farming falls but its market value grows
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The Business Association of Producers of Marine Cultures of Spain (Apromar) reported that in 2010 farmed turbot production in the country amounted to 6,910 tonnes, or 17 per cent less than in 2009, when 8,320 tonnes were obtained.
According to the entity report, from the total reached last year 6,710 tonnes came from Galicia, compared to 8,070 tonnes in 2009.
Despite a 17 per cent decline, incomes increased as the average price of each kilogram of turbot rose 28 per cent, from EUR 6.77 to EUR 8.70.
In 2010, companies from Spain had a turnover of more than EUR 60 million, while a year earlier, it had been EUR 56 million.
According to Apromar report, Cantabria produced 200 tonnes of turbot, a figure that represents 3 per cent of the total.
Meanwhile, 185 tonnes of snapper were obtained in 2010, a figure that equals the one recorded in 2009.
The average price per kilogram of snapper only rose from EUR 9.50 in 2009 to EUR 9.60 last year.
In the country, direct employment in marine aquaculture firms fell last year by 11.7 per cent compared to 2009, reaching 1,912 posts, while the total production of marine aquaculture descended 9.4 per cent.
At the same time, Apromar admitted that European aquaculture "has neither grown nor created jobs for a decade whereas in the rest of Europe and the world it has continued at a good rate."
"Farmers have pending duties to be addressed such as reducing costs, improving production efficiency, opening new markets or finding ways of business concentration," adds the entity in the report.
"There is a tendency to consider aquaculture as a high-risk, unprofitable activity with limited business opportunities. But it is possible to propose strategies leading to better business opportunities, and Apromar is aware of it," it is concluded.
By Analia Murias