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.
NEWS FROM SECTOR FISH AND SEAFOOD
The Catalan food companies, at the online edition of the Foodex Saudi 2020 with Prodeca
10 Catalan food companies have participated with Prodeca in the Top Food Suppliers from Catalonia, Spain webinar organized during the online edition of the Foodex Saudi. The webinar was attended by 40 professionals from the import, distribution, retail and Horeca industry from Saudi Arabia.
The Agriculture and Foreign Action ministries incorporate food commercial managers in strategic markets
The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Teresa Jordà, and the Minister of Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency, Bernat Solé, signed an agreement on November 25 for the incorporation of specific commercial managers for the food sector in strategic markets through the Delegations of the Generalitat.
Promoting local fisheries products
Fishing throughout the Mediterranean is predominantly coastal trawl fishing, from fishing grounds that are very close to the shore which vessels go to and from each day to sell freshly caught fish.