The fish and seafood sector
The Catalan fishing fleet primarily operates in coastal waters and is in line with legislation on regulated species in Mediterranean fishing grounds that have been brought into force because of the need to protect fisheries resources from overfishing.
In the last few years, catches have decreased while turnover has increased, revealing that fisheries products have become a luxury food and therefore demand the highest quality standards. Last year, catches amounted to 25,774 tonnes.
Another change in recent years is the increase in fish farming as a necessary supplement to traditional fishing methods. As a result, the aquaculture sector has developed in Catalonia, with new cultivation techniques adapted to our coastline and a large variety of molluscs, fish and crustaceans. Freshwater trout, oyster and mussel fish farms have also been created in Catalonia. Aquaculture production stands at 7,192 tonnes.
In terms of foreign trade, these exports represent 3% of total agri-food exports.