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EUMOFA:The European Market Observatory for fisheries and aquaculture published its latest 'EU Fish Market report'

What was produced, exported, imported in 2015 and when – or where? Who consumes what? What are the latest trends? A new exhaustive and user-friendly snapshot of the European fisheries and aquaculture industry in 2015 is now online The EU fish Market 2015

Again, in 2015, the EU proved to be a major seafood consumer. While consumption has been dropping by 2kg per person per year since 2008, household expenditures on seafood keeps increasing. This means that EU consumers buy less seafood but spend more for it, which points to an increase in fish prices but also to a change in consumption patterns. Consumption is dominated by captured fish, which accounts for 3/4 of the total. Tuna, salmon and cod remain the most popular products (2kg per capita respectively).

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Fish dependence - 2015 update: The reliance of the EU on fish from elsewhere

  • The EU and many member states remain highly dependent on fish from foreign waters
  • Fish stocks are still well below their maximum potential, while demand has stayed high
  • The EU's fish dependence day is now July 5.


This is where European aquaculture could make a significant contribution in the future of European seafood supplies.

The European seafood market is the largest in the world with an average annual consumption of 25 kg per capita