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The 2018 Economic report of the EU Aquaculture Sector shows a strong and growing sector. In 2016, the EU aquaculture sector has produced and sold 1.4 million tonnes of seafood, worth almost €5 billion. Profits of the sector have doubled between 2014 and 2016. Employment figures demonstrate that aquaculture firms are providing more and more stable employment opportunities.
The Commission's “European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism" is almost five years old. Adopted in February 2014, the strategy set a number of priority areas and actions to overcome shortcomings such as skill gaps, seasonality, environmental pressures or hard-to-get funds and thus stimulate the sector's performance and competitiveness.