Spain's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, MAGRAM, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, announced that 421 million Euros will be allocated to the Multiannual Aquaculture Strategic Plan 2014/2020. The plan outlines how aquaculture will be conducted in coming years in the framework of the new EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The Plan was developed with an integration approach by the different autonomous communities and sector' agents involved in the development and promotion of aquaculture in Spain.
The strategic guidelines of the Plan are: Simplify and standardize the legal and administrative framework; Reinforce representation from the sector; Increase Spanish aquaculture production by improving sector planning, and Select new areas of aquaculture interest.
Other objectives are to strengthen the competitiveness of the sector through research, development and innovation; to perform closer relations between the scientific community and industry; health management and strengthening aspects relating to the processing and marketing aspects of aquaculture products. Thirty seven 37 strategic domestic actions were created in order to meet the set goals.
To implement the Plan, a coordinated monitoring committee was created by the Fisheries General Secretariat under the National Advisory Board for Mariculture (Jacumar) and the National Advisory Board of Continental Harvests (Jacucon).
In addition, three working groups that will deal with developing strategic actions on each subject have been settled to try to get the most out of the document. The Secretariat is working on the development of some domestic actions, linked to the simplification of the legal and administrative paperwork, sector planning and site selection. (FIS).