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Work Starts on Multi-Year Strategic Plan of Spanish Aquaculture

14 February 2013

SPAIN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has started work on the Multi-Year Strategic Plan for Spanish aquaculture to be submitted to the European Commission before the end of 2013.

The Multiannual Strategic Plan of Spanish Aquaculture will set the guidelines for the orderly and sustainable development of aquaculture. Its main objective will be to contribute to the expansion and enhancement of a sector considered as the future activity in the European Union.

Aquaculture will be the answer to the demands and challenges of the fishing sector, delivering a range of healthy and affordable products for consumers.

The Ministry will firstly analyse the initial situation of the sector in each of the regions and an estimation of the possible evolution of the sector in the short, medium and long term.

After diagnosis, concrete measures that can contribute to improving the Spanish aquaculture development in terms of science and technology, production, socioeconomic and environmental, will be defined.

The Strategic Plan will be developed from a multidisciplinary and integrative approach that promotes the participation of the central and regional governments, associations, companies and workers, research centers and universities, NGOs, marketing and processing industry, and society.

Its design meets the requirement of the EU Member States to submit a multi-year strategic plan for aquaculture, as recorded by the European Commission in the process of reform of the Common Fisheries Policy started in 2011, which marks the direction and guidance of fisheries and aquaculture in the European countries from 2014.

Under the reform, it is expected that aquaculture can play a greater role to achieve this goal.

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