Thursday, May 01, 2014

Maria Damanaki: FARMED IN THE EU. -LET’S TALK ABOUT SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE

Eating fish has many health benefits. It is good for the heart, packed with protein and is an excellent source of nutrients. But the demand for such healthy food grows. And we cannot meet this demand by simply fishing more from our wild fish stocks.

This is why fish farming can contribute to alleviate this pressure, by increasing the offer of sustainable seafood. And also of healthy seafood:

fish farmers have to follow EU environmental and health standards which are the strictest of the world. Besides, currently only 10% of our seafood consumption in the EU is farmed locally as we import the majority of the seafood we eat. But EU aquaculture provides us with fresh, locally farmed fish and seafood. And this is a great contribution to the development of our local economies.

Next week I’ll visit the Global Seafood Expo in Brussels to meet the stakeholders and talk about the promising sector of fish farming. And my pledge will be clear: European aquaculture is local, fresh and contributes to a sustainable future for European fisheries......Maria Damanaki's blog - European Commission

2/5/14
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