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The EU accounts for 5.1% of world fish production

Updated Nov 8, 2022
Fisheries play a decisive role in employment and economic activity in several regions of the EU. So, in Spain, Greece and Italy they account for about 62% of employment. The EU accounts for 5.1% of world fish production.
The European Commission's Common Fisheries Policy Facts and Figures report provides an overview of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the EU in 2022. Aquaculture, both marine and freshwater, reportedly employs about 70,000 people, including seasonal workers. The manufacturing industry consists of about 3,500 companies. The basis of EU production is canned food and ready meals based on fish, crustaceans and molluscs. The EU is the fifth largest producer of fish in the world, accounting for about 3% of global production. 78% of production comes from fisheries and 22% from aquaculture. Spain, Denmark and France are the largest producers in the EU. Although the EU fleet operates all over the world, most of the catches are made in the North East Atlantic. The most caught species are herring, European sprat, blue whiting and mackerel, which account for 42% of catches. With the exception of the UK, the most important states in terms of fisheries are Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands ...
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