Marine aquaculture | Compendium Coast and Sea

Marine aquaculture

In 2016, the worldwide production of fishery products (including aquatic plants) amounted to 202.2 million tons. Aquaculture accounted for 54.5% of the total production. Aquaculture is globally the fastest growing food production sector with an annual growth of 7.3 % since 1990. In 2016, the global aquaculture production amounted to 58.9 million tons, while Europe produced 2.44 million tons with Norway as the main producer (54%). Belgium had no commercial mariculture activities in 2016. In the ‘Thematic chapter’, an overview is given of the scientific knowledge, socioeconomic data and legal aspects of the user function ‘Aquaculture’ for the Belgian part of the North Sea. The European legislation applicable to this activity is discussed in more detail under ‘Legislation’, while the figures and background data can be consulted in an interactive way by clicking ‘Coastal Portal’. More information about the available expertise regarding aquaculture within the Belgian marine research groups and their relevant research infrastructure can be consulted by clicking ‘Research groups’ and ‘Infrastructure’, respectively.