Aquaculture Centre welcomes CFP reform
The New Astec Aquaculture Business & Science Centre has come out in support of European Union Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki’s proposals for reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
Damanaki’s proposed changes emphasized the need to implement a regulatory framework for sustainable fish farming to increase the EU’s seafood production and reduce its dependence on imported product. She proposed that member states be required to draft national strategic plans to remove administrative barriers and uphold environmental, social and economic standards. An Aquaculture Advisory Council would also be established to support the industry.
Astec welcomes the EU’s recognition of the importance of developing ecologically viable aquaculture as part of its proposals to manage fish stocks.
The Centre, located on Northeast England’s Northumberland coastline, supports all types of aquaculture-related businesses and research activities. It focuses on helping fledgling enterprises become established and grow, and, as such, provides a unique combination of “plug-in-and-go” facilities and specialist business-support services.
“We have previously highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to support the development of this dynamic but fragmented industry, so we are particularlysupportive of the EU’s plans to establish a new Aquaculture Advisory Council to give advice and guidance on industry-related issues,” said Astec CEO Kevin Haddrick. “As the UK’s first aquaculture business incubator, with a focus on supporting start-up businesses in the sector, we very much welcome the EU’s intention to remove administrative and legislative barriers to trade.
“Astec shares the views of Commissioner Damanaki that there is great potential within the aquaculture sector. We look forward to seeing how the framework develops and strongly suggest the EU grasp this opportunity to ensure aquaculture plays an integral part in developing a more sustainable approach to fisheries management,” added Haddrick.