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Seabream production decreased by 1 per cent in 2009 and APROMAR expects a further decrease of 2.6 per cent this year. (Photo: Stock File)

Slowdown in aquaculture growth predicted

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 00:10 (GMT + 9)

A report by the Business Association for Marine Aquaculture Producers (APROMAR) indicated that the Spanish production of marine farmed fish increased by 10.8 per cent in 2009 to 48,440 tonnes, however it is expected to decline by 0.9 per cent this year. 
 
According to APROMAR, although the rate of growth increased by 2.5 per cent last year above the 2008 figure (8.3 per cent), this has been described as being too "low" and shows the "worrisome trend of a slowdown" in growth. 
 
An analysis of the major aquacultural species in Spain reveals that the production of seabream declined by 1 per cent in 2009, reaching an output of 23,690 tonnes. APROMAR also predicts that the production of this species will fall by another 2.6 per cent this year. 
 
The production of seabass increased by 40.7 per cent compared to the previous year to 13,840 tonnes. However in 2008, it fell by 6.1 per cent and it is expected that in 2010, it will fall by 11.2 per cent, reported Efeagro
 
Meanwhile, turbot production rose by 5.7 per cent last year to 8,320 tonnes, and a positive trend is predicted for 2010 with growth forecasted at 1.2 per cent. 
 
A similar situation can be seen with meagre: production increased by 28 per cent in 2009 to 1,660 tonnes, and this year it is estimated to grow by a further 92 per cent. 
 
APROMAR's annual report also details that sole production increased by a staggering 241.8 per cent during the previous year to 188 tonnes, and in 2010 the figure may rise by a further 27.7 per cent. 
 
While the production of eel grew by 8.5 per cent in 2009, in 2010 it should remain stable. Shrimp grew by 17.5 per cent last year to 47 tonnes, and will most likely fall by 14.9 per cent. 
 
In relation to the value of production, the total turnover of farmed fish increased in 2009 to EUR 223.6 million, ie an annual increase of 2.6 per cent. 
 
The 16 breeding facilities in the country produced 69.3 million fry last year, which represented an annual decrease of 26.5 per cent. 
 
With regard to the amount of marine aquaculture facilities, APROMAR assessed that it fell by 8.14 per cent, to 124 farms. 
 
In addition, as a result of the "very complicated" situation taking place in the sector, the entity considers that it is "very probable" that that number will continue to fall in 2010. 
 
Finally, the Association reported that the number of jobs generated by the aquaculture sector fell 5.6 per cent in 2009, to 2165 people.  
 
By Analia Murias


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