European Parliament supports the development of sustainable aquaculture in the EU.

The EU imports 70% of all the aquatic food it consumes, resulting in an annual trade deficit of 21 billion euro.
There is considerable social, environmental and economic potential for an EU aquaculture industry.

EU aquaculture could contribute to food supply and food security, by providing sustainable and quality food products with a smaller environmental footprint than land-based farming, supporting the European Green Deal and the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy.

The European Parliament adopted the report on sustainable aquaculture in the EU drawn up by rapporteur Clara Aguilera (Socialists, Spain) on Tuesday 4 October 2022. By 486 votes to 105 with 27 abstentions, MEPs stressed the social, environmental and economic dynamics of aquaculture in the EU.