Spanish fish farm. (Photo Credit: Magrama)
Multi-year plan for Spanish aquaculture under elaboration
Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
Before the end of 2013, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) will submit to the European Commission (EC) a Multi-Year Strategic Plan for the Spanish aquaculture.
This initiative, which was commissioned by the General Secretariat of Fishing to the Spanish Aquaculture Observatory Foundation (OESA), will establish the guidelines for the orderly and sustainable development of aquaculture.
The main objective of the Plan is to contribute to the expansion and enhancement of a sector considered as a promising activity in the European Union (EU).
It also bets on the expansion and development of the sector to provide a range of healthy and affordable products for consumers.
During the first phase, the initial situation of the sector in each of the regions will be analyzed and estimation will be carried out regarding the possible evolution of the sector in the short, medium and long term.
Then concrete measures to help improve the Spanish aquaculture development in science and technology, production, socioeconomic and environmental, will be defined in close collaboration with the autonomous regions.
At present, many Spanish communities have their own strategic planning or are engaged in its elaboration.
It is expected that the Plan will develop from a multidisciplinary and integrative approach, promoting the participation of:
- Central and regional governments;
- Companies and workers;
- Research centres and universities;
- Trading and processing industry;
This Plan was developed because the EU Member States are obliged to do so in the context of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), started in 2011.
"Under the reform, it is expected that aquaculture can play an important role to achieve this objective, the EC has recommended the Member States to improve the sector planning,” Magrama informed.
By Analia Murias