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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

MEPs call for strong European aquaculture sector

A stronger aquaculture in Europe could help meet growing the consumer demand by providing alternatives to wild fish species. However, safeguards are needed to prevent environmental and public health risks, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday.  MEPs argue that clearer rules, less red tape and research investment are needed for the sector to take off. The resolution drafted by Italian Socialist MEP Guido Milana and adopted by 420 votes to 15 with 7 abstentions, suggests ways of boosting the European aquaculture sector, which is lagging behind the industry in other parts of the world. Speaking to us ahead of the vote Mr Milana told us that: "the European aquaculture sector should not be underestimated. Whereas the demand for farmed products for 2/3 is covered by imported products from third countries, it will be essential to assess the potential of the sector, both in terms of employment, than of environmental sustainability, raising the threshold of farming quality standards and contributing to reduce the pressure on fish stocks."

Source: European Parliament