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Professional fish farming structures, federations and associations in Europe.

Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP)
Description & objectives: International organisation composed of national aquaculture associations of European countries. Aim is to develop and establish a common policy on questions relating to production and commercialisation of aquaculture species and to make these policies known to the appropriate authorities. At present the FEAP is composed primarily of associations concerned with finfish production.

Contact: FEAP, 54 rue Nicolas Fossoul, B-4100 Boncelles, Brussels, Belgium; tél. +32 (0)4 33 82 995

Website: FEAP
European Aquaculture Society (EAS)
Description & objectives: To promote contacts between all those involved or interested in marine and freshwater aquaculture; to facilitate circulation of aquaculture related information; to promote sponsorship of multi-disciplinary research concerning aquaculture; to enhance cooperation among governmental, scientific and commercial organisations and individuals on all matters dealing with aquaculture.

Contact: EAS, 4 Slijkensesteenweg, B-8400, Oostende, Belgium; tél. +32 59 32 38 59.

Website: EAS
European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC)

Description & objectives: Founded in 1959 by 5 national compound feed associations from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Membership consists of national associations from EU member states as full members, and of an increasing number of observer members from non-EU countries. FEFAC is the only independent spokesman of the European compound feed industry at the level of the European institutions. It holds observer status in Codex alimentarius.

Contact: FEFAC, rue de la Loi, 223 Bte 3, B-1040 Brussels. tel.+32 (0)2 285 00 50

Website: FEFAC

Verband Osterreichisc Forellenzuchter (Federation of Austrian Salmonid Farmers)
Description & objectives: See website (in Germand)
Contact: See website
Website: VOF
Union Professionnelle des Pisciculteurs de Belgique (UPPB)
Description & objectives: Founded in 1930, the UPPB focuses on the study, protection and development of fish farming activities. It pays attention to the ecology and hygiene of fish production sites and works with the Conseil Supérieur de la Pêche (France) in order to improve the management of fish farming. The UPPB is also in contact with public bodies on themes concerning water taxes and the control of fish disease.

Contact: UPPB, L'Union Rurale, Galérie du centre, Bloc 2, 6ième étage, 1000 Brussels.


Croatian Chamber of Economy - Aquaculture Unit

Description & objectives: Member of FEAP. The website is entirely in Croatian.


Czech Fish Farmers Association
Description & objectives: To promote fish production and domestic fish consumption in the Czech republic

Contact: CFFA, Prazska Trida 58, 37138 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Dansk Akvakultur (Danish Aquaculture)

Description & objectives: See website (in Danish)

Contact: Vejlsovej 51, byg.F, 8600 Silkeborg

Faeroe Fish Farming Association

Description & objectives: A branch organisation of the Faeroese aquaculture industry. Established in 1980. All fish farmers in the Faroes are members of the organisation, so the association represents 100% of the fish farming industry in the Faroes. Tasks include: improving and facilitating handling and sales of fish; working on quality control schemes to improve the quality of the raw material; participating in starting up R&D projects that benefit fish producers.

Contact: Faroe Fish Farming Association, Smaerugota 9A, PO BOX 1038, FO-110 Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Finnish Fish Farmers Association

Description & objectives: See website (in Finnish)

Contact: Suomen Kalankasvattajaliitto ry, Malmin Kauppatie 26, 00700 Helsinki

Aland Fish Farming Association
Description & objectives: See website (in Finnish)
Contact: Tingsvagen 3, AX-22710 Foglo
Fédération Française d'Aquaculture (FFA)
Description & objectives: Federation representing the different interests of the fish farming and private fishing sectors in France. Areas covered include marine and emerging aquaculture, freshwater salmonid farming and pond system farming. The objective of the federation is to defend the interests of its members, at both a national and European level. The FFA represents the fish producers at the CIPA (see below).

Contact: FFA, 546 Place St Exupéry, 33127 Saint-Jean D'Illac; tél. + 33 (0)5 56 68 94 95.
Comité Interprofessionnel des Produits de l'Aquaculture (CIPA)
Description & objectives: Interprofessional committee, uniting professional fish-farming organisations - producers, processors and feed manufacturers. The aim is to exchange information; develop a better understanding of markets and consumer needs; anticipate the future of the industry; and to represent the industry on a national, European and international scale.

Contact: CIPA, 32 rue du Paradis, 75010 Paris; tél. +33 (0)1 40 58 68 00.

Syndicat des Sélectionneurs Avicoles & Aquacoles Français (SYSAAF)
Description & objectives: Union for poultry and aquaculture broodstock managers. Specialist technical centre, promoting and initiating genetic improvement programmes, driven by poultry and aquaculture broodstock companies (small companies mainly). Facilitating the dialogue between researchers and industry, identifying needs and accelerating the transfer of innovative techniques.

Contact: SYSAAF, Station SCRIBE / INRA, Bat 16A Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex. tél. +33 (0)2 23 48 53 78

Institut Technique de l'Aviculture - Section Piscicole (ITAVI)
Description & objectives: Technical institute for aviculture; fish farming section. An association of the ministry of agriculture. Provides farmers with information, scientific data, technical and economic advice and know-how in order to improve economic competitivity and production quality.

Contact: ITAVI, Service Technique Aquaculture, 28 rue du Rocher, 75008 Paris; +33 (0) 1 45 22 44 92.

Website: ITAVI
Office National Interprofessionnel des Produits de la Mer et de l'Aquaculture (OFIMER)
Description & objectives: National interprofessional office for marine products and aquaculture. A public institution acting as a liaison office for the fishing and aquaculture sector. Intervenes in terms of marketing of fisheries products and assurance of their market value. Accredited by the European Commission.

Contact: OFIMER, TSA 50005, 93555 Montreil-sous-Bois cedex; tél. +33 (0) 1 73 30 37 00.

Website: OFIMER
Association Française des Professionels de la Pisciculture d'Etang (AFPPE)
Description & objectives: French association for freshwater fish farmers (pond systems). Pond culture is the second most important sector of fish farming in France. Member of the FFA (see above).

Contact: AFPPE, 9 rue du Rocher Tournoly, 44780 Missillac; tél. 02 40 66 86 24.

Union National des Syndicats et Associations des Aquaculteurs en Etangs et Bassins (UNSAAEB)
Description & objectives: National union joining the pond and freshwater system fish farmers unions and associations. Member of the FFA.

Contact: UNSAAEB, 50 rue Principale, 57580 Aube; tél. 03 87 64 52 62.
Association pour le Développement de l'Aquaculture et de la Pêche en Rhône Alpes (ADAPPRA)
Description & objectives: Professional organisation in the Rhône Alpes region, aiming to develop the economic activity of local freshwater aquaculture. The main objectives of the association are to develop a dialogue between the different professional partners; to develop fish production with the aid of research; and to promote freshwater products and seek new markets.

Contact: ADAPRA Agrapôle, 23 rue Jean Baldassini, 69364 Lyon cedex 07; tél. +33 (0)4 72 72 49 66.

Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique (AGLIA)

Description & objectives: An association joing several French regions (Loire, Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine) to promote activities linked to fishing and aquaculture in the Gascogne golf.


Federation of German Fish Farmers (VDBi)

Description & objectives: A national, joint and international agency for all German fish farming interests, including protection of the aquatic environment and fish welfare. The federation is composed of the following entities: trout breeding, carp pond economy, river and sea fisheries.

Contact: Margaretenhof 5, 14774 Brandenburg

Federation of Greek Mariculture (FGM)
Description & objectives: FGM was founded in 1991 in order to support the development of the sector in its initial phases. More than 80% of total Greek sea bass and sea bream production is represented by the Federation. The federation is active in promoting the Greek fishfarming sector, in particular in formulating policies and forging links with national and EU bodies with the aim of providing support to the sector. It participates in a number of national and international projects, covering a variety of different topics.
Contact: Skra street 1-3, GR 17673 ATHENS
Hungarian Fish Farmers Association (HFFA)

Description & objectives: See website (in Hungarian)

Contact: 1126 Budapest, Vorosko U. 4/b, Hungary.

The Icelandic Aquaculture Association (TIAA)

Description & objectives: Founded in 1981, the purpose is to represent all Icelandic fish farmers in one unified organization in order to safeguard their mutual interests. TIAA places considerable emphasis on presenting the viewpoints of its members to the Icelandic legislature and the executive branch of government and endeavors to study and follow up issues of concern to the Icelandic aquaculture which will be dealt with by the various government institutions. TIAA provides encouragement and advice on a wide range of issues to fish farmers in Iceland . Membership brings the benefits of various interests to fish farmers, such as marketing initiatives, research programes and backs the industry in the commercial and political environment. The Association promotes and protects the common interest of the membership and work towards improved proficiency. The organization, in cooperation with various research bodies, is committed to further development and use of the most efficient techniques in Icelandic aquaculture.

Contact: Borgartun 35, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland

IFA Aquaculture

Description & objectives: The aquaculture branch of the Irish Farmers Association. Home of the Irish shellfish association, the Irish salmon growers association and the Irish trout producers group. The representative body for the country's fish and shellfish farmers. Created in 2004 in response to the changing face of the fish farming industry, its relationship with state agencies, the government and the EU and to welcome more producers of new and different types into the fold of the country's most successful lobby group. IFA aquaculture works on a variety of issues, including: aquaculture licencing, markets, state support for aquaculture and inshore pollution control.

Contact: IFA, Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12, Ireland.

Associazione Piscoltori Italiani

Description & objectives: The Italian Fish Farmers Association gathers over 300 fish-breeding operations, concerning all species, which represent around 90% of the national production of aquaculture fish. It is a non-profit corporation, aiming to protect, develop and consolidate all activities related to fish-breeding both in fresh and in salt and brackish waters. Consequently, it promotes financial, scientific, technical, professional and legal aspects. Financial assistance is provided to assist fish breeders in optimising their own resources and obtaining public funding. The association promotes studies and research in collaboration with the relevant public bodies, and with research and experimentation institutes.

Contact: Associazione Piscicoltori Italiani, Via del Perlar,37/A, 37135 Verona, Italy.

Dutch Fish Production Board (NeVeVi)

Description & objectives: A pivotal organisation uniting fishermen, fish and shellfish farmers, fish processors, whole-salers and retailers. Seeking to ensure a responsible economically sound industry, producing high-quality products. Management is by industry professionals. The board operates in the area where industry and policy meet. The needs and ideas from the industry are communicated to civil servants and politicians, to the press and to the public at large, and vice versa. The board does not merely influence Dutch and European policy, it is the actual policy maker and monitors compliance.

Contact: PO Box 72 2280 AB, Rijswijk, The Netherlands

Fiskeri-og Havbruksnaeringens Landsforening (FHL)

Description & objectives: The Norwegian Seafood Federation represents the majority of companies within the fisheries sector and is associated with the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry, which is the main organisation for Norwegian employers in manufacturing industries, services and crafts. It represents the interests of more than 500 member companies with approximately 8000 employees. FHL covers the entire value chain from fjord to dinner table in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Norway. It promotes policies and legislation and members' interests with regards to exports and the international arena. It also advises member companies on a wide range of issues, including health, safety and the environment.

Contact: Postboks 5471, Majorstuen 0305 Oslo, Norway.

Polskie Towarzystwo Rybackie
Description & objectives: The association was founded in 1991 by 172 fish farmers from Northern and Western Poland. Since 1993 it represents fisheries interests nationally and currently has 650 members. The main objectives of the association are to establish favourable conditions for aquaculture and inland fisheries in Poland; to stimulate the development of technology and transfer of knowledge and to act against the degradation of natural water resources. The association publishes the bi-monthly "Fishermen Review" and cooperates with central and regional administration, local government, social organisations, research development facilities and universities.
Contact: Polskie Towarzystwo Rybackie, ul. Winiarska 1, 60-654 Poznan, Poland
Associaçao Portuguesa de aquacultores (ANAQUA)

Description & objectives: Portugeuse Aquaculture Association.

Contact: 8700-221 OLHÃO, Faro, Portugal

Website: No website
Asociacion empresarial de productores de cultivos marinos (APROMAR)

Description & objectives: Association for Mariculture Producers. Professional association for Spanish marine aquaculture. The aim is to promote the sustainable development of aquaculture and to assure the quality and safety of the products, whilst respecting the natural environment and animal welfare.

Contact: 8700-221 OLHÃO, Faro, Portugal

Website: No website
Spanish Aquaculture Society

Description & objectives: Website is only available in Spanish.

Contact: CIFAP - Apartado de Correos 16, 11500 - El Puerto de Santa María

A list of the 47 main professional aquaculture associations in Spain is available from the Spanish Aquaculture Observatory website.
Vattenbrukamas Riksforbund

Description & objectives: Swedish Aquaculture Association

Contact: Fiskebackshamn 4, 42658 Vastra Frolunda, Sweden

Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation

Description & objectives: A newly expanded trade association for the Scottish salmon farming industry. The enhanced Scottish Salmon Producers' Organisation (SSPO) is responsible for representing the whole industry in political, regulatory and technical issues. The newly expanded organisation has been created following an extensive period of discussion between the Boards of SSPO and Scottish Quality Salmon as well as consultation within the industry.

Contact: Durn, Isla Road, Perth. PH2 7HG, Scotland.

Shetland Aquaculture

Description & objectives: Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association was launched on 27th July 1984 at a meeting attended by 8 of the salmon farming companies representing the newly emerging industry. Since that date the industry has grown from strength to strength and, with it, so has the Association. Membership is entirely voluntary. The Association has always sought to represent its members on a wide variety of issues. The aims of the Shetland Salmon Farmers' Association are: to preserve and promote the interests of the members of the Association; to provide such benefits including legal assistance and advice to the members; to provide a forum for mutual discussion and agreements; to act as a voice for the salmon industry in Shetland when dealing with Governmental Departments and Agencies; to market and promote Shetland Salmon on a worldwide stage.

Contact: Seafood Centre, Stewart Building, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0LL, Scotland.

British Trout Association

Description & objectives: The British Trout Association was set up in 1983 and represents in the region of 80% of trout production in the UK. It has over 100 members made up of trout farmers, feed suppliers and a number of aquacultural academics. The Association is entirely funded by trout farmers and feed suppliers and receives no direct funding from the Government. The BTA plays a pivotal role in the continuing development of the industry on three fronts: ensuring that the UK trout industry has a reasonable legislative framework within which to operate; maintaining a structured and relevant programme of research and development; providing an appropriate level of generic promotion to underpin the marketing activities ongoing within the industry. To ensure that the British trout industry maintains a high profile in Europe, the BTA has a seat on the European Union Aquaculture Working Group, the Federation of Aquaculture Producers and COPA/COGECA, which is the European grouping of farmer's unions and co-operatives.

Contact: The Rural Centre, West Mains, Ingliston EH28 8NZ, Scotland.

British Marine Finfish Association

Description & objectives: The British Marine Finfish Association is the representative body for the newly emerging marine finfish aquaculture sector. It has 22 members covering a broad sector of the industry including fish farmers, feed manufacturers and research organisations. The BMFA endorses the vision of the entire aquaculture industry - working towards economic and environmentally sustainable growth which meets market demands and provides secure employment and economic activity in British coastal areas. It provides representation at both a political and scientific level, with the Association committed to the need for good regulation and sustainable development. Recent scientific projects have included recirculation technology, transfer of larval halibut from endogenous to exogenous nutrition, as well as work on halibut broodstock nutrition. The Association recognises the need to work closely with stakeholder groups in initiatives such as Area Management Agreements and to create partnerships with legitimate and rational interest groups. The BMFA is also committed to addressing feed sustainability through international expertise and analysis and by developing alternative opportunities for the future.

Contact: 15 Shielhill Park, Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4QT, Scotland.

Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association

Description & objectives: A trade association for aquatic hobbyists and the aquatic industry, offering information on: establishing a new aquarium; business, including EU and world marketing data; and aquatic-related jobs.

Contact: Wessex House, 40 Station Rd, Westbury, Wiltshire BA13 3JN, UK.

Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM)

Description & objectives: The IFM is an international organistion of people sharing a common interest in the modern management of recreational and commercial fisheries. Created in 1969 in the UK, the IFM is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable fisheries management in all its forms. It is a non-profit making organisation controlled by the membership and governed by an elected council. Members are drawn from professional fisheries managers, regulatory and research bodies, fishing and angling organisations, water companies, fish farms and private individuals whose interests in fisheries are represented at many levels within government and conservation bodies.

Contact: 22 Rushworth Avenur, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7LF


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