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Positive economic trends in EU fishing fleet

Published by FiskerForum, 24-01-2017 · info@fiskerforum.dk

The economic performance of the EU fleet improved significantly in 2014, according to the latest Annual Economic Report. Between 2008 and 2014, the EU fleet moved from a loss-making position in 2008 to registering record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013.

‘The positive trend of the last years has resulted in higher salaries for fishermen, bigger profits for the fishing sector, and more value added for the EU's fishing and coastal communities. And it shows that sustainable fishing pays off. As we have seen in last month's  Council on fishing opportunities, many quotas can grow if we fish sustainably –motivation for the future,’ commented Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for fisheries and maritime affairs.

The EU fleet's gross value added, i.e. the contribution of the fish catching sector to the economy through wages and gross profit, amounted to €3.7 billion in 2014. This represents an 11% increase on the previous year. Average salaries in the EU fleet also increased during the period of analysis.

Fuel consumption and fuel use intensity decreased significantly while the number of fish stocks being fished sustainably has also risen. Forecasts for 2016 are positive, although the report indicates that the positive results apply mainly to the larger vessel sector, while the results returned by the small sector of the fleet remains largely unchanged.

The 2016 Annual Economic report, based on data provided by national authorities, is the result of combined work by economic experts from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF), the Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

The full report can be found here.

Source: EU

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