The EU is the fifth largest producer of global fisheries and aquaculture. Since the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, and more recently as stated in EU ́s Blue Growth strategy, boosting the aquaculture sector has been a goal for the European Commission.
Considering the leadership of the Mediterranean Sea Basin in terms of EU aquaculture production, as well as the importance of the North Atlantic and Baltic Sea region in terms of fisheries, together with its industry growth potential for aquaculture activities, AQUA-LIT considers important to focus on these three regions for carrying out its activities:
- the Mediterranean Sea
- the North Sea
- the Baltic Sea regions
By working face-to-face with aquaculture farmers of these sea basins, identifying and clustering existing, upcoming and already implemented tools to prevent marine littering, and by creating a platform that helps all the stakeholders from the aquaculture chain to increase the understanding, awareness and availability of solutions, a potential transformation of the aquaculture sector towards a less polluting sector will become possible.