Andalusia doubles aid for processing seafood products
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Andalusia will bring more support to fishing and aquaculture product processing (Photo: Stock File)SPAINWednesday,

Andalusia will bring more support to fishing and aquaculture product processing. (Photo: Stock File)


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Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 22:50 (GMT + 9)


The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development will increase from EUR 4.28 to EUR 10.64 million the budget of the call for aid of 2017 to support fishery and aquaculture product processing, co-financed at 75 per cent by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP).

The increase is due to the high number of applications received as well as to the social and environmental importance of the proposed initiatives, the Undersecretariat reported.

This decision will support 17 projects compared to the eight originally planned in the approved call last November. Its development will generate a total investment of EUR 21.3 million.

The selection will be made on a competitive basis, that is to say, in order of priority according to the scale set in the regulatory bases. In this assessment, preference is given to companies formed by young people and women as well as to those that have equality plans.

The line of aid now extended particularly supports initiatives including energy-saving measures; waste treatment; reduction of environmental impact; processing fish which can not be used for human consumption; obtaining by-products, and improving safety, hygiene, health and working conditions.

The subsidy covers a maximum of 50 per cent of total expenditure, which can be expanded to 100 per cent in the case of non-productive plans having public or collective interest promoted by entities representing the sector.

The autonomous community will benefit from almost EUR 186 million from the FEMP by 2020. In addition to the aid lines for product processing and marketing, this amount includes programs supporting the sustainable development of the fishing sector, selection of local action groups and measures to compensate for the temporary stoppage of the activity of the fleet with a base port in Andalusia and activity in the domestic fishing ground.

The Andalusian fishing sector has an annual production of around 65,000 tonnes and a value that exceeds EUR 210 million. The fleet, consisting of 1,493 ships, operates mainly in the Gulf of Cadiz, the Gibraltar Strait and the South Mediterranean zone as well as in the territorial waters of Portugal, Morocco and Mauritania.

The seafood processing sector in its different elaborations, mainly preserved, smoked and frozen products, processes about 45,000 tons per year and generates a turnover of more than EUR 270 million. It is mainly located in fishing villages such as Ayamonte and Isla Cristina (Huelva), Barbate and Tarifa (Cadiz) or Malaga.

Another activity on the rise is aquaculture, with facilities having high technological level, a production that already exceeds 10,000 tonnes per year and increasing diversification. The main species produced are seabass, seabream, sole and tuna, to which molluscs are added, such as mussels. Aquaculture is mainly developed in the marshes and intertidal zones of Huelva, Cadiz and Seville, while in the Mediterranean coast and its cliffs it is carried out in cages and long-lines anchored in open sea.

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