EU seeks stronger aquaculture industry
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution supporting a stronger aquaculture industry in Europe.
Drafted by MEP Guido Milana of Italy, the resolution said Europe's aquaculture sector requires investment, long-term planning and a more streamlined regulatory framework if it's to grow sustainably.
The resolution emphasized that safeguards are required to minimize the environmental and public health risks associated with aquaculture and that rigorous quality and traceability criteria and clear labeling rules are needed for premium and organic farmed seafood products.
MEPs said the industry's success will depend largely on creating a more business-friendly environment, as the resolution urges member states to reduce red tape for start-up operations, including streamlining administrative requirements.
MEPs also urged European fish farms to give priority to species that do not require any fishmeal or low amounts of it.
The final vote in Parliament was 420 in favor, 15 against and seven abstentions.