European Parliament

The European Parliament took a position on aquaculture in 2010, and subsequently in 2013-2014 when reforming the CFP.

The Committee on Fisheries has reviewed the situation of aquaculture and has prepared its own-initiative report ‘Towards a sustainable and competitive European Aquaculture sector: current status and future challenges’ (2017/2118(INI); rapporteur Carlos Iturgaiz, EPP, Spain).

Lettre réponse FEAP au EP PECH Committee

Level Playing Field

The key challenge for European aquaculture today is to achieve sustainable growth and restore predictable profitability.
To be able to grow, we have to be profitable so as to be able to invest. Profitability is only possible if we can be competitive with imports from third countries, now accounting for more than 65% of our seafood supply.
However, European legislation, production conditions, buying practices and consumer attitudes are strangling the growth potential of European aquaculture.
The strict European rules should also be transposed to imported products so there is a real level playing field.

Position AAC


Multiannual national Aquaculture plans

In 2013, the new Common Fisheries Policy introduced the Open Method of Coordination for the sustainable development of aquaculture.  This method aims at spreading best practice and at giving practical answers to common challenges identified by Member States and stakeholders.

In 2014-2015, Member States developed Multiannual National Strategic Plans for the promotion of sustainable aquaculture. In these plans, Member States address the four priorities identified in the Strategic Guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture and propose concrete actions to address them.

The four strategic priorities of the Guidelines and Member State’s plans are:

  • reducing administrative burdens
  • improving access to space and water
  • increasing competitiveness
  • exploiting competitive advantages due to high quality, health and environmental standards.

Summary of the 27 Multiannual National Aquaculture Plans