Fish farmers from 23 countries sign decleration –

Fish farmers from 23 countries sign decleration Published:  24 May, 2013

Associations representing 70,000 employees and over €2 billion in European farmed fish production signed up on Thursday May 23 to a declaration of five principles upon which the valuable aquaculture industry should be handed down through the generations in the best possible economic, social and environmentally sustainable state.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, who currently chairs the EU Fisheries Council, witnessed the event at a gathering of fish farmers from 23 countries in Malahide, hosted by the Irish Farmers’ Association’s Aquaculture Section.

IFA President John Bryan welcomed the commitments by the group and commended the industry on moving so fast in such a short space of time in achieving the highest standards and in playing a significant role in a self-sufficient Europe.

The Principles in “Streaming Sustainability” to guarantee that the next generation of European aquaculture producers inherit a fully sustainable industry rest on:

· Clean Water Resources

· A Healthy Environment

· A Science-based Profession

· Partnership with policy makers and decision takers

· Respect for the Consumer

The Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, which will also hold their 45th AGM in Dublin this weekend, represents the interests of marine and freshwater producers of species such as salmon, trout, carp, bass, bream and others from Iceland to Israel. FEAP President, Arnault Chaperon, said that the declaration represented a mature and responsible commitment to the future by the Federation and its members.