This position paper makes specific recommendations that are derived from and consistent with the AAC’s existing position paper, and the findings and conclusions of the Commission’s reports. The recommendations are in support of meeting the objectives of the Regulation 1099/2009 (Slaughter Regulation) including voluntary measures.

The AAC recognizes difference between FIFO and FFDR and how it is used by different stakeholders in different situations. Having said that, with a finite supply of fishmeal and fish oil, further growth of the aquaculture feed production will automatically result in an even further reduction of the inclusion of marine resources in the diets.

The AAC believes it is more important to communicate to the media and the consumers the need for sustainable sourced marine ingredients for fish feed and that any other ingredient used in aquafeeds. These should be expected to be subjected to the same level of scrutiny applied to marine-source materials whilst also of stressing the need of reduction of FIFO within the EU aquaculture sector.

The AAC recommends that in the next EMFF period (2021-2027) vaccines and the dissemination of effective vaccination strategies can be considered eligible for receiving public aid.

Measures relating to the specific consideration of vessels used in aquaculture, the traceability of aquaculture products and recreational shellfish fishing

EU aquaculture is the world leader in sturgeon farming and caviar production. The current rules on caviar labelling are mainly related to compliance with the rules governing the movement and marketing of species and their products subject to CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Reg. EC n. 338/1997).

This position paper adresses the level-playing field for the aquaculture market. The aquaculture sector must be profitable to be able to make the investments neeeded to operate while profitability is only possible if the products are competitive with imports from third countries. 

On June 5th, 2018, the European Commission asked the AAC to provide advice on measures to be taken to best undertake the recovery of European eels (Anguilla anguilla) due to the critical situation of its stock.
This document details the views of the AAC on this matter. With this advice, the AAC expects the European Commission to take effective management measures to improve the situation of the eel stock for the sake of the natural environment, of stakeholders and of society in general.

This joint advice presents the views of the Aquaculture Advisory Council and the Market Advisory Council on Tetrodotoxin (TTX), a potent neurotoxin that is found in the organs of a variety of marine species and some terrestrial species; it is responsible for the highest fatality rate of all marine intoxications. 

Veterinary vaccines play a major role in protecting animal health by preventing and controlling serious epizootic diseases and by preventing animal-to-human transmission of infectious diseases. The availability of vaccines for farmed aquatic animals, as well as other veterinary medicinal products, is extremely low.

The Aquaculture Advisory Council values the contributions of its United Kingdom Members to the work of the Council and to the European Union aquaculture sector.

 

The AAC encourages that these Members, as well as other United Kingdom organisations can continue contributing as active observers[1] to the development of a sustainable aquaculture sector through a constructive and continuous dialogue in the future post-Brexit.

[1] AAC Rules of Procedure (Article 10-3): “The AAC shall not be responsible for meeting the costs of attendance of observers. Observers shall not be entitled to vote.