The AAC has adopted the report of Dr Lorraine Gray from Marine Atlas Consultants Ltd and has published a recommendation to the European Commission on the COVID-19 Impacts on the EU aquaculture food system and responses.

Following the extensive work of AAC on Norovirus, this recommendation analyses the possibility of having tools to predict the areas affected by norovirus by integrating the use of antidiarrhoeals in a coastal catchment area. It showcases a specific example in one Member State and provide recommendations for further research to study the hypothesis described in this recommendation.

The AAC has published a Recommendation to the European Commission and the Members States to present the EU Aquaculture commonly shared values, making specific reference to the values related to sustainability. It addresses societal concerns about aquaculture and is looking to increase the level of aquaculture literacy and transparency and improve the communication strategy about aquaculture activity.

The AAC has published a Recommendation to the European Commission and the Members States to present the enhanced role of aquaculture Professional Organisations (POs) in promoting the sustainable development of aquaculture and contributing to the objectives of strategic European policies. It provides feedback on the difficulties faced by existing POs in implementing their Production and Management Plan or on individual stakeholders to set up a PO. Finally, it proposes actions that encourage the creation of POs and their effective contributions to the sustainable development of aquaculture.

The AAC has published a Recommendation to the European Commission and the Members States that is looking to ensure a level playing field regarding imported seafood products and to safeguard that such products are sold at fair and equitable prices in the EU.

The AAC has published a Recommendation to the European Commission and the Members States on the coherence of zones concerning shellfish farming. The Recommendation analyses current inconsistencies and proposes a framework aiming at a stronger coherence of the various zonings.

The AAC has published a Recommendation to the European Commission and the Members States on the differential food safety characteristics of farmed fish to ensure that public food safety authorities provide consumers with accurate and differential information about the food safety risks related to fish species depending on their production method (farmed or caught).

The AAC published a Recommendation to the European Commission on the position of aquaculture in the EU agricultural promotion policy, encouraging the access to programmes in which aquaculture products can be promoted alone.

The European Commission (EC) is revising the delegated act laying down detailed rules on the functioning of Advisory Councils (ACs). A first delegated regulation was adopted in 2015 (2015/242) and modified in 2017 (2017/1575). Following regular exchanges with the ACs Chairs and secretariats, the Commission has drafted a new proposal aiming at further improving the functioning of ACs.

The AAC has published a recommendation to the European Commission on the CITES regarding the trade of caviar and the negative impact of existing administrative burdens linked to extra-EU trade.