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3. Employment

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Fishing plays a crucial role for employment and economic activity in several EU regions – in some European coastal communities the fishing sector accounts for as many as half the local jobs.

Employment in the fishing sector tends to be concentrated in a handful of countries. Spain alone accounts for a fourth of total employment, and the four countries with the highest levels of employment – Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal – make up around 73%.

Aquaculture employs roughly 80 000 people, including part-time and full-time jobs in both marine and freshwater aquaculture.

The processing industry counts approximately 3 700 companies. The mainstay of EU production is conserves and ready meals of fish, crustaceans and molluscs.

Employment in the fisheries, aquaculture and processing sectors (measured in full-time equivalents)

Fisheries (2015) 
BE 413
BG 692
CZ 762
DK 1 570
DE 1 180
EE 412
IE 2 036
EL (2) 24 759
ES 29 322
FR 5 951
HR 2 071
IT 21 077
CY 762
LV 291
LT 407
HU -
MT 811
NL 1 732
AT -
PL 2 364
PT 8 323
RO 45
SI 75
SK -
FI 342
SE 793
UK 8 034
Aquaculture (2014) (1)
BE -
BG 679
CZ -
DK 336
DE 60
EE 30
IE 941
EL 4 640
ES 5 946
FR 9 114
HR 1 117
IT 1 695
CY 341
LV -
LT -
HU -
MT 153
NL 212
AT -
PL -
PT 799
RO 2 001
SI 19
SK -
FI 329
SE 278
UK 2 761
Processing (2016) 
BE 905
BG 1 482
CZ 742
DK 3 018
DE 7 160
EE 1 844
IE 2 147
EL 1 235
ES 17 693
FR 11 218
HR 1 149
IT 4 002
CY -
LV 3 588
LT 5 240
HU 6
MT -
NL 2 181
AT 116
PL 16 569
PT 6 913
RO 1 279
SI (2) 97
SK 651
FI 748
SE 1 662
UK 13 637
 

(1) Data cover only marine aquaculture.
(2) Persons employed.

Source: for fisheries: Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), The 2017 annual economic report on the EU fishing fleet (STECF 17-12), Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, 2017 (Report EUR 28359 EN, JRC 107883, doi:10.2760/36154);
for aquaculture: Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), Economic report of the EU aquaculture sector (STECF-16-12), Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union, 2016 (Report EUR 28356 EN, JRC 104210, doi:10.2788/67732);
for processing: Eurostat.