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Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 ottobre 2022

Following the adoptionSearch for available translations of the preceding of the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027 with Cyprus, the Commission has adopted the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programme for Cyprus, to implement the EU common fisheries policy (CFP) and EU policy priorities outlined in the European Green DealSearch for available translations of the preceding. The total financial allocation for the Cypriot Programme 2021-2027 is €54.7 million over the next seven years, of which the EU contribution accounts for €38.3 million. The fund will promote the sustainable growth of Cypriot’s aquaculture and fishing sector. More concretely, the programme will support among others: investments to comply with the landing obligation; investments in fishing vessels to improve safety, health, hygiene, working conditions, energy efficiency and de-carbonisation; reducing over-capacity of certain fleet segments through scrapping; investments in aquaculture for the diversification of farmed aquaculture species; investments for the improvement of marine knowledge, fisheries control and data collection to implement the common fisheries policy (CFP); and the protection of biodiversity and marine protected areas.

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European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund 2021-2027

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 agosto 2022

Following the adoptionSearch for available translations of the preceding of the Partnership Agreement 2021-2027 with Austria, the Commission has adopted the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) Programme for Austria, to implement the EU common fisheries policy (CFP) and EU policy priorities outlined in the European Green DealSearch for available translations of the preceding. The total financial allocation for the Austrian Programme 2021-2027 is €15 million over the next six years, of which the EU contribution accounts for €6.7 million. The Fund will support Austria in promoting sustainable inland fisheries, aquaculture and processing activities, the conservation of aquatic resources and food security through the supply of fishery products.The programme is built upon the context of the Austrian inland waters, and will allow Austria to build a resilient, sustainable and low-carbon inland fisheries and aquaculture sector, in line with the EU strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030, as well as to boost the digital transition of the sector.The programme will also help building a stronger aquaculture and processing sectors in Austria, support the decarbonisation of the sector, increase profitability and sustainability of the entire market chain, while also contributing to the enforcement obligations to ensure the improved traceability of fish products.About 5 innovation projects are to be realised for the EMFAF implementation period, allowing for the transfer of knowledge, innovation and technology to the aquaculture and processing sectors.64% of the EMFAF allocation will be dedicated to promoting innovative investments and reducing the impacts of climate change while fostering environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, thus contributing to the EU’s climate objectives.Thanks to the fund, sustainable production in the aquaculture sector should increase by around 800 tonnes/year. There are 33 operations planned in the field of promoting marketing, quality and value added of fisheries and aquaculture products, as well as processing of these products.The planned EMFAF interventions should allow around 54 entities in the aquaculture or processing sectors to improve their resource efficiency. The communication campaigns will continue to raise awareness of sustainable, regional or organic fisheries and aquaculture products, which will ultimately help boost the sales of such products.In the field of data collection, the main objective of the programme is to improve data collection and management and carry out studies on fish stocks in lakes and data collection on organic aquaculture (including socio-economic and environmental data).The improvement of quality in the traceability of aquaculture products will be ensured via protected indications of origin and associated monitoring and control systems, molecular biology analysis techniques and development of IT systems for data management and exchange between stakeholders and public authorities.

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Measures to support the fishery and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 aprile 2022

The Commission has decided to activate new crisis measures to support the fishery and aquaculture sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The crisis mechanism of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) will bring immediate relief to operators of the fishery, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors through financial compensation for their economic losses and additional costs. It will enable Member States to grant financial compensation to operators for income foregone due to the current market disruption, as well as ‘storage aid’ to producer organisations. This step comes in addition to the Temporary Crisis Framework, which enables Member States to provide support through State aid.Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries said: “The war in Ukraine is a war against all of us. Our fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors are hit hard due to high energy, oxygen and raw material prices. This is the second time in the past years after the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are again taking quick action to support them in this turmoil. These emergency crisis measures should not in any way impede our long-term efforts towards structural energy transition of the fishery and aquaculture sectors to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal.”The military aggression of Russia against Ukraine has increased the prices of energy and raw materials, generating very high additional operating costs and squeezing profit margins in the fishery, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors. The mechanism activated today allows Member States to grant two types of crisis measures. Financial compensation to operators of the fishery, aquaculture and processing sectors for their income foregone and additional costs stemming from the current market disruption. Additional energy costs can be covered by the compensation if they are linked to the market disruption caused by the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine. Financial compensation to producer organisations if they implement the storage mechanism of the common organisation of the markets (“storage aid”). That mechanism allows producer organisations to store the products of their members as a way to secure a satisfactory level of price on the market.

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Commission adopts strategic guidelines for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 Maggio 2021

The guidelines offer a common vision for the Commission, Member States and stakeholders to develop the sector in a way that contributes directly to the European Green Deal and in particular the Farm to Fork Strategy. The guidelines will help the EU aquaculture sector become more competitive and resilient, and to improve its environmental and climate performance. The guidelines have been prepared in close consultation with EU Member States and stakeholders, notably those represented in the Aquaculture Advisory Council. They set four inter-related objectives for the further development of aquaculture in the Union: building resilience and competitiveness participating in the green transition ensuring social acceptance and consumer information, and increasing knowledge and innovation The proposed guidelines will also support the substantial increase in organic aquaculture at EU level. As noted in the recently published Organic Farming Action Plan, organic aquaculture production remains a relatively new sector but with a significant potential for growth.

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Coronavirus response: additional EMFF support available to Bulgarian fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

Following the unprecedented outbreak of the coronavirus, the European Commission has taken rapid action to protect the fisheries and aquaculture sectors from severe shocks by introducing specific measures, including amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
Subsequently, Bulgaria has modified its Operational Programme and has reallocated €6.6 million of public support to compensate companies for financial loss caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The additional financial support is expected to lead to positive results, improving the lives of people across the entire sector, and preventing bankruptcies, closures, downsizing, and employment reduction.The fisheries sector will receive €763 835 to compensate for economic losses from cessation of fishing activities. Over 100 fishermen and women will benefit from this support and the number is expected to increase further. The maximum grant amounts to €40 876 per fishing vessel, including compensation for the crew. This support covers both smaller and bigger operators, making it possible to keep family businesses running and saving jobs.Aquaculture farmers who are economically affected by the coronavirus outbreak will receive €4 027 769, while the processing sector will get €1 835 167. Support is available for the purchase of goods, raw materials, and supplies related to the company’s activities, along with storage and personnel costs. The maximum grant amount for a single project is €40 876.
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has put the EU’s fisheries and aquaculture sectors under substantial pressure. Many fishermen and women, producers, and processors have been forced to suspend or severely reduce their activities. The closure of sales venues, markets, outlets and distribution channels has seen a substantial drop in prices and volumes.

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Elanco Sells Victoria, PEI, Canada R&D Facility to The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 dicembre 2019

Elanco Animal Health Incorporated (NYSE: ELAN) has signed an agreement to sell its Victoria, Prince Edward Island (PEI) aqua research and development facility to The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada, a leading aquaculture R&D and contract research services company with an established presence in PEI. The site was added to the Elanco footprint as part of the Novartis acquisition in 2015, and a source of innovative products and solutions to some of the industry’s greatest needs. Elanco will shift this important capability into its other existing R&D facilities.
“We are extremely grateful for the efforts, hard work and all contributions everyone at the Victoria R&D facility has made to the Elanco pipeline and the industry,” said Aaron Schacht, executive vice president of Innovation, Regulatory and Business Development at Elanco. “We are equally pleased to reach an outcome that keeps the site operational in the Victoria community with a group that values furthering the future of aquaculture.”John Buchanan, CEO of CATC, commented, “We are excited to continue to grow our aquaculture health and nutrition research services business in PEI, and have great plans for use of the facility.”In September, Elanco announced its decision to seek a buyer for the Victoria R&D site. Aquaculture and the company’s Charlottetown manufacturing facility continue to be a key component of Elanco’s growth, as evidenced by the company’s workforce expansion and capital investments at the site over the past two years.Today’s development is another step in Elanco’s journey to build an agile, stand-alone animal health company. These efforts build on the company’s productivity agenda, driving margin expansion through enhanced efficiency.The transaction is expected to close at the beginning of the first quarter in 2020. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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EUMOFA: Everything you want to know EU fisheries and aquaculture, in one place

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) is a platform developed by the European Commission that offers information on the European Union fisheries and aquaculture sector.Here you can access market information, such as price surveys, market analyses and studies. The website, recently revamped, is available in all EU 24 languages and open to everybody.EUMOFA is a very useful tool to both specialists and the general public. You can get instant access to the latest industry data, an impressive portfolio of studies and reports, market overviews at EU and Member State level and much more. A library section contains around 600 publications which can be sorted by topic, country, fish species and language. You can also subscribe to the Monthly Highlights magazine, read the annual report – “The EU fish market” – or consult ad-hoc analyses on specific market issues (e.g. studies on EU consumer habits, the EU organic aquaculture sector).To discover all services available, visit and subscribe to the newsletter to stay updated.

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Black Sea countries pledge to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Today’s declaration is a historic step towards more sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Black Sea. While I congratulate everybody on the signature, I also stress that the real success must be measured by its implementation. The journey ahead is long, but our experience shows that it is worth the effort. Sustainable exploitation of our seas goes hand in hand with more viable livelihoods for our fishermen and thriving coastal communities. We now have a detailed plan. Let’s turn it into action.” The Sofia Declaration was signed by Black Sea ministerial representatives, along the Black Sea coastline and beyond covering both riparian States but also non-riparian States with interest in aquaculture: Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, together with the European Commission.
is a practical example of the EU’s strong efforts to promote sustainable fisheries through its neighbourhood policy and multilateral cooperation. It sets out a detailed work plan for the next 10 years, based on joint actions with ambitious but coherent and realistic targets.The declaration is the follow-up of the Bucharest Declaration from October 2016, transforming commitments into concrete actions with measurable deliverables on fighting illegal unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), improve data collection and science, improve fisheries management, and boost sustainable development of aquaculture.It is the result of a European Commission strategy to establish a new dynamic in multilateral fisheries governance in the Black Sea through work done by the GFCM, on the basis of commonly agreed principles established in the GFCM mid-term strategy 2017-2020.

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A recovering industry and a valuable source of healthy food – European Commission calls on regions to embrace aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

After more than a decade of stagnation, EU aquaculture is finally showing signs of recovery. With 4% growth in volume and 8% in value between 2014 and 2015, and profits exceeding 400 million euro, the sector is generating more value than ever before.The success is in part due to strong cooperation over the last years between the European Commission and national authorities to remove barriers to growth. As a result, many governments have been taking steps to cut red tape, which clearly has been paying off.At FARMEDintheEU Regions, a conference organized by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions showcasing some of the success stories of European aquaculture, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, today stressed the need for even greater buy-in from the EU regions.“Aquaculture can deliver local food and local jobs in an environment-friendly way. The planning, authorisation, and ultimately the success of aquaculture in the EU lie in the hands of our regions and Member States. We count on you to support investment in this promising industry”, Commissioner Vella said.With global population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050, Commissioner Vella sees aquaculture as a key pillar of global and European food security. “We need to plan ahead now to provide more fish, shellfish and algae in a sustainable, responsible way”, Commissioner Vella said. “Of course we must continue our work on sustainable wild fisheries, but if we are to get more seafood, it has to come from farming. Having many small, well-planned farming actions at regional scale, and helping consumers to make informed, responsible choices is the key to success.”

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Commission brings FARMEDintheEU aquaculture campaign to Spain

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

madridSpanish authorities, producer organisations and research institutes are organising open door visits and conferences across Spain today to celebrate the annual “Día de la Acuicultura”. This year, the European Commission joined in the celebrations, supporting the “Di sí a la acuicultura sostenible” (“Say yes to sustainable aquaculture”) competition launched by the Observatorio Español de Acuicultura from Fundación Biodiversidad (Mapama).As part of the campaign, the “FARMED in the EU” schoolkit developed by the European Commission was promoted to hundreds of schools across the country. To date, more than 1700 Spanish pupils from 37 schools and 27 aquaculture experts (producers, scientists, officials) have been involved in 62 workshops under the label #CRIADOenlaUE. The campaign, which started in September, will continue until May.The winners for best drawings and best projects were announced at an event in Madrid on Monday. The European Commission underlined the exemplary campaign carried out by the Spanish authorities, emphasising the sustainability of these “farmers in the water”. In a video message, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella congratulated the organisers on the campaign’s success, while emphasising the crucial role of teachers as the link between youth, science and industry.Spain is the EU’s number 1 in terms of aquaculture production (226 000 tonnes in 2013) and jobs (20 000 producers out of 85 000) and is among EU leaders in research. Under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), funding worth €206m will go to more than 850 aquaculture projects in Spain. The Spanish multiannual plan for the development of sustainable aquaculture aims to increase Spain’s production volume by 20% by 2020, and its value by 26%.

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Friend of the Sea is “the single largest source of certified wild catch on the global market” according to the SSI report

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 Maggio 2016

production“The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Blue Economy”, a study founded by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, has recently highlighted Friend of the Sea’s fast growth, based on a strict approach, open to small scale producers and developing countries.According to the SSI, “FOS has grown five times as fast as MSC over the last seven years.” “FOS is accounting for 6.2 per cent and the MSC accounting for 5.7 per cent of total seafood production”. The SSI concludes that currently FOS is “the single largest source of certified wild catch on the global market.”
The report underlines how “the majority of MSC-certified production being sourced from developed countries and the majority of FOS-certified production being sourced from developing countries.” FOS fair and balanced approach is reflected in its governance: FOS advisory board is equally composed by representatives of developing and developed countries, men and women. Representatives of NGOs and civil society are the only decision makers in FOS, guaranteeing independence and neutrality to consumers and companies.
FOS certified aquaculture volumes are three times as large as organic certification volumes worldwide and are higher than BAP and ASC. Together with its partner GGAP, FOS covers over 60% of total worldwide certified aquaculture. FOS aquaculture certification has a growth trend of over 40% per year.FOS scores higher than other major wild catch certification programs in terms of environmental (+25%), economic (+100%) and social (+400%) indexes. FOS has also a stricter Chain of custody model, including mass balance and book and claim.
The SSI report concludes that “as the only non-organic global standard certifying both wild catch and aquaculture, FOS has a unique opportunity to oversee sector transformation by managing the distribution of supply between wild catch and aquaculture. Moreover, it also has the potential to develop its own internal market, supplying certified wild catch product to certified aquaculture production in the form of fish meal.”

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Open Blue Takes Another Big Step Forward with GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Certification and Friend of the Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 marzo 2016

open blueOpen Blue, the largest supplier of cobia to the US market and the largest deep water open-ocean farm in the world, continues to demonstrate a company-wide commitment to responsible mariculture by achieving two major certifications at the beginning of 2016.
Open Blue achieved the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard for the second year, following a comprehensive assessment of their business by Quality Certification Services (QCS), an independently accredited certification body and GLOBALG.A.P. member. Open Blue also complied with the four criteria defined in the Friend of the Sea GLOBALG.A.P. Add-on. Certified cobia under the Open Blue brand can now display the Friend of the Sea logo in combination with the GLOBALG.A.P. Number.“Achieving the GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard is a significant milestone for our rapidly growing company,” said Dave Plumer, CEO of Open Blue. “ Our innovative approach is to raise and harvest fish miles offshore in their natural ocean habitat in a responsible and sustainable way that honors and protects our sensitive ocean ecosystems. Our auditor was impressed with the strides our company has made in such a short time period to achieve these results. It requires a commitment and contribution of staff at all levels of the company and we are delighted with this GLOBALG.A.P. Certification.”Plumer added that the company is “equally delighted to receive certification from Friend of the Sea, whose mission is the conservation of the marine habitat and making seafood sustainability a reality. Open Blue is fully aligned with these objectives through our vision to feed current and future generations in harmony with the ocean. Consumers want their seafood to be great tasting, healthy and raised in an environmentally sustainable way. Earning this distinguished consumer eco label from Friend of the Sea will provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment directly to the consumers who choose our fish.” said Plumer.Brian O’Hanlon, Open Blue Founder said: “Setting our company up for success by meeting the requirements of these important standards is in line with our strategy to provide our customers with healthy and safe quality products from Panama. Our operations are based on meeting a high standard and we are committed across our hatchery, farm and processing operations to focus on responsible practices to support environmental and social responsibility across every aspect of our business.” Open Blue is a pioneer and leader in deep water, open-ocean raised fish. Open Blue cobia are carefully cultivated in the pristine ocean waters of the Caribbean Sea near Panama, far offshore and away from sensitive ecosystems. Their fish have plenty of room to grow in large, stress-free, deep-water enclosures, and they produce a reliable, sustainable source of premium fish. Open Blue is the single largest supplier of fresh cobia to the US and the largest deep-water, open-ocean farm in the world. Their offshore operations are the culmination of a decade of cutting-edge investigative research on deep ocean aquaculture, in collaboration with the world’s leading scientific laboratories and universities.

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