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Dataset | 29 June 2016

Production of hatcheries and nurseries at juveniles stage in life cycle (from 2008 onwards)

Bioeconomy

Data on the production of hatcheries and nurseries at juveniles stage in life cycle (from 2008 onwards) reported in numbers and expressed in millions, broken down by member state, destination (i.e. released to the wild, transferred to a controlled environment -for on-growing- and not specified) and species (groups, e.g. crustacean and molluscs, finfishes, freshwater fishes...).

Before 2012, some countries had difficulties to provide quantities of eggs and juveniles in numbers. Instead the weight of eggs and juveniles at first sale was recorded and converted into numbers using an approximate conversion factor.

Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, refers to the farming of aquatic (freshwater or saltwater) organisms, such as fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants, for human use or consumption, under controlled conditions. Aquaculture implies some form of intervention in the natural rearing process to enhance production, including regular stocking, feeding and protection from predators. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of, or contractual rights to, the stock being cultivated.

European data on the quantity of aquaculture production, in tonnes life weight (TLW), have been recorded since 1950 [fish_aq_q]. Since 1984, data on the total value of the production in Thousand Euro are also available [fish_aq_v]. According to Regulation (EC) No 762/2008, aquaculture production means the output from aquaculture at first sale intended for human consumption. Non-commercial aquaculture is thus not accounted for. Moreover, aquaculture production of aquarium and ornamental species is excluded as well as production for industrial, functional or research purposes.

Data are submitted by all Member States of the European Economic Area by the 31st of December for the preceeding year (reporting year -1). They are compiled by the respective competent authorities of the Member States, usually either the National Statistical Institute or the Ministry of Agriculture. EEA Member States do also provide three annual data on the structure of the aquaculture sector and annual methodological reports of the national systems for aquaculture statistics with details on the respective methods of collecting, processing and compiling aquaculture data as well as quality aspects. This information is currently not published.