European eel is a 'catadromous' fish – that is, it spawns and is born at sea, and then migrates into inland waters to eat and grow. In the course of its life, it travels many thousands of miles, and passes through a number of very different stages, marked by changes in their colour. More
The carp is native to the Far East, but it is hard to say when it was introduced into Europe, probably at the time of the Romans. It was not until the Middle Ages, however, that carp began to be raised in bodies of water in the Great European Plain. More
Rearing systems for Siberian sturgeon, a species classified as vulnerable on the Red List published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, were developed in the 1970s in the former USSR. It was during this same period. More
Rainbow trout, whose name refers to the many rainbow-coloured spots on its skin, is the leading freshwater cultured species in Europe. Native to the Pacific coastal area in the United States, it was introduced into Europe at the end of the 19th century. More
The Pacific cupped oyster is native to Japan and was introduced into Europe in the 1970s after the depletion of the Portuguese oyster (Crassostrea angulata), decimated by several successive diseases. More
Mussel production was the first recorded organised shellfish farming in Europe: a culture on wooden stakes was reported in France in 1235. Since then, mussel farming has developed throughout the species’ range, namely the entire European coastal area. More
Living close to shores and estuaries rich in micro-organisms, the European seabass has long been reared in traditional aquaculture. Fish were allowed to enter lagoons or fitted tanks (often saline), after which the entrance was closed off, trapping them inside. More
Cod holds an important place in European gastronomy. In spite of supply difficulties arising from the depletion of certain wild stocks, demand is still high. Cod farming therefore appears as an attractive business opportunity. More
Traditionally, gilthead seabream were cultured extensively in coastal lagoons and brackish ponds, particularly in valliculture in northern Italy and in esteros in southern Spain. In the 1980s, however, gilthead seabream were reproduced More
The farming of Atlantic salmon dates back to the 19th century, when hatchery techniques were developed in the United Kingdom. This first involved the production of immature fish to restock rivers for recreational fishing. More
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EUMOFA is conducting a brief online survey about its services. The survey will provide a better understanding of the users’ needs and expectations and help to improve EUMOFA services.
On 8 January 2021, the EU and Greenland concluded negotiations for a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and a new Protocol that will strengthen their cooperation in the fisheries sector for the next four years with the possibility of a two-year extension.
The 2020 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet projects that in 2020, the EU fleet remained profitable overall, despite the effects of COVID-19 on the fleet and fish markets. More sustainable fishing and lower fuel costs have helped to mitigate the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic.