This was announced by the Director
General of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Dori
Morales, during the celebration commemorating Aquaculture Day, organized
by the Spanish Aquaculture Society (SEA).
"The Region has a high level of aquaculture production thanks to research, the important business net and the commitment of the regional Government for aquaculture development and promotion," pointed out Morales.
In the Region of Murcia this system produces more than 11,000 tonnes of products, a turnover of about EUR 80 million and the generation of about 400 direct jobs.
This autonomous community is one of the main producers of sea bass and bluefin tuna, and ranks in second position as the largest gilthead sea bream producer nationwide. It has also been a pioneer in Spain in marine fish production in floating cages since the mid 80's.
For the commemoration of Aquaculture Day, in collaboration with the Undersecretariat, the SEA organized a series of talks on research, promotion and products in charge of experts in the field.
The commemoration, which was opened this Wednesday by the Director General of Aquaculture, has been helpful to recognize the research work of the sector as well as to highlight its importance for the regional and national economy.
The Region of Murcia has been developing aquaculture research for more than 30 years, and its universities and research centres have played an essential role in the current production system.