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Spain Has First Decrease In Aquaculture Production

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Spain A recent report from the Business Association of Marine Aquaculture Producers Spain (APROMAR) has highlighted that Spains marine aquaculture has seen a 9.4 per cent decrease in fish production for 2010 in comparison with 2009 figures. This is the first time there has been a decrease in production in the 25 year history of this activity.

APROMAR prepares a yearly report detailing the status of marine fish aquaculture in Spain, Europe and the world. Advanced data in this report show that while world aquaculture continues to grow at rates of over six per cent, in Spain there has been a reduction in 2010 of 9.4 per cent.

Many factors have led to the decrease in production. Among the causes are targeted external issues, such as the general crisis of food consumption in Spain and the difficulty in obtaining credit. There are also other complications such as achieving licensing for new farms, an inappropriate administrative framework and the absence of equal opportunities compared to imports of similar products that undermines the competitiveness of Spanish companies.

APROMAR has revealed that fish production decreased from 48,441 tonnes in 2009 to 43,888 tonnes in 2010. The main species produced, gilthead bream, saw a production decrease of 14.1 per cent. Other species are sea bass with 9.7 per cent drop and turbot with 16.9 per cent decrease. The only fish production to see an increase was t corvina which was up 95.8 per cent.

The total value of fish production in its first sale in 2010 amounted to 220 million. A decline compared with 224 million in 2009.