Spain: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of Andalusia has published in the Official Gazette of the Regional Government of Andalusia (BOJA) the regulatory bases for the concession, in concurrent competition, of the aids related to the Sustainable Development of Marine Aquaculture in Andalusia.
These subsidies are part of the Andalusian Strategy for the Development of Marine Aquaculture 2014-2020 and are co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014-2020.
The Order published in the BOJA contains several lines of aid aimed at promoting an environmentally sustainable, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture.
Specifically, productive investments in aquaculture are supported, with special attention to initiatives that focus on resource efficiency, recirculation systems for minimum water use, and, in general, the reduction of water resources and chemicals.
In addition, the subsidies are also earmarked for the development of management, replacement and advisory services for aquaculture farms; the promotion of new enterprises practicing sustainable aquaculture; the conversion to environmental management and audit systems and to ecological aquaculture; the provision of environmental services for the sector; and the development of health and animal welfare measures.
The regulatory bases include in the drafting gender perspective and a specific consideration for people in situations of social disadvantage or risk of exclusion to be part of the development strategies that support the aid.
In fact, the objectives of the subsidies include the incorporation of women to economic activity in Andalusian areas linked to the aquaculture sector. In this way, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development advances the objectives of the First Plan for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men in the Agrifood and Fishing Activity of Andalusia, approved last January by the Government Council.
This Order establishes the regulatory basis for obtaining aid to Andalusian farmers and, in a short time, the Ministry will publish the call for the different lines for this year.
This is due to the fact that since 1 January 2016, the regulations currently in force include the obligation to register the calls for aid in a Subsidy National Database as a step prior to its opening.
For this reason, and in compliance with the State rule, the publication of the order to call for the aid is subsequent to that of the order that includes the basis for granting them.