Aquaculture now provides over half of seafood for human consumption worldwide.
The sector continues to grow annually to meet global demand and is the fastest growing animal production sector. However, within the EU, aquaculture production is still lagging, with a high dependency on imported fish remaining. Shifting consumer preferences, growing welfare concerns, new standards, and climate change are also affecting the industry. The sector’s sustainable growth can only be achieved through efficient and responsible production of high-value fish products. For the EU to maintain its global leadership in aquaculture research and sustainable development of the sector, better translation of research excellence into innovation and industrial growth is needed.