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Strategic guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture

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Opinion Number: CDR 5292/2013
Rapporteur: COPPOLA Marialuisa
Commission: NAT
Status: Adopted
Date: 29/11/2013
 
Evolving means: at first the objectives of the rapporteur, then the objectives of the commission and finally the objectives of the opinion.

• stresses that aquaculture production must be treated as a strategic sector (on a par with other primary sector production areas) when it comes to responding to future challenges in the areas of food resources, natural resources and regional development;
• notes that it has championed aquaculture in a number of its opinions, calling for this policy to be recognised in its own right, and properly funded and developed into a strong alternative to traditional fisheries. The Committee should therefore be recognised as a key partner for promoting this policy;
• encourages the Commission to pay close attention to the problem for extensive aquaculture and biodiversity posed by fish-eating birds and mammals and to assess the effectiveness of any derogation provisions;
• would like to see the inclusion in the strategic guidelines of reference to the importance of brackish water environments (marshland and lagoons), which can make a significant contribution to social and economic resilience in periods of crisis while also boosting aquaculture production in the EU;
• points out that aquaculture tends to be more vulnerable to pollution than fisheries, and that it is important to encourage the Member States to draw up risk maps and impact maps to cover inland areas, territorial waters and coastal areas;
• considers, when it comes to the traceability of products and short food supply chains, that the Member States and the regions should capitalise on the positive experience garnered by the farming sector and promote its application to aquaculture companies so as to boost their competitiveness.

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- stresses that aquaculture production must be treated as a strategic sector (on a par with other primary sector production areas) when it comes to responding to future challenges in the areas of food resources, natural resources and regional development;

- notes that it has championed aquaculture in a number of its opinions, calling for this policy to be recognised in its own right, and properly funded and developed into a strong alternative to traditional fisheries. The Committee should therefore be recognised as a key partner for promoting this policy;

- encourages the Commission to pay close attention to the problem for extensive aquaculture and biodiversity posed by fish-eating birds and mammals and to assess the effectiveness of any derogation provisions;

- would like to see the inclusion in the strategic guidelines of reference to the importance of brackish water environments (marshland and lagoons), which can make a significant contribution to social and economic resilience in periods of crisis while also boosting aquaculture production in the EU;

- points out that aquaculture tends to be more vulnerable to pollution than fisheries , and that it is important to encourage the Member States to draw up risk maps and impact maps to cover inland areas, territorial waters and coastal areas;

- considers, when it comes to the traceability of products and short food supply chains, that the Member States and the regions should capitalise on the positive experience garnered by the farming sector and promote its application to aquaculture companies so as to boost their competitiveness.
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