Aquaculture

Aquatic food production has transformed from being primarily based on capture of wild fish to culture of over 500 farmed species globally.

Given the strong likelihood that seafood landings will remain constant in capture fisheries, aquaculture will continue to bridge the gap between seafood supply and demand, whilst reducing pressure on wild fisheries.

World aquaculture production recorded an all-time high of 110 million tonnes (live weight) in 2016, with a total estimated first-sale value of US$243 billion. Often the single or majority source of species such as Atlantic salmon, sea bass, or warm water prawns available to UK seafood buyers and consumers is from aquaculture.

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This tool offers profiles of farmed seafood that are most important to the UK market, and replaces and expands our popular Aquaculture Responsible Sourcing Guides.

Seafish is Working On…

  • Aquaculture Groups
  • UK Domestic Aquaculture - Reports
  • Aquaculture Regulatory Toolbox for England
  • Careers and Training in Aquaculture
  • Bivalve Shellfish Purification Systems: Operating Manuals

Seafish is involved in a number of external aquaculture-related groups and initiatives, and we facilitate two major aquaculture forums - all helping to support aquaculture activities in the UK. Seafish facilitates the Aquaculture Common Issues Group (ACIG), and is facilitator and secretariat of the Seafish Domestic Aquaculture Advisory Committee (SDAAC).

Aquaculture Profiles

Our aquaculture Profiles have been crafted to provide those interested in farmed seafood a wealth of fully referenced, essential information, and help dispel come of the myths surrounding aquaculture.




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European Sea Bass

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EU aquaculture production was 1.28 million tonnes in 2014, with an almost equal split between finfish and shellfish production. EU aquaculture accounts for nearly 20% of fish production and directly employs some 85,000 people. The UK aquaculture sector is worth some £800 million.

Europe is the largest seafood market and importer in the world. Europe accounts for some 20 - 25% of the global seafood market. The EU relies on imports for almost 70% of the seafood it consumes. This includes farmed salmon from Norway, warm water prawns and FW fish (e.g. pangasius and tilapia) from SE Asia and S America.

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