Aquaculture Magazine

February / March 2014

European Report

By Javier Ojeda

Since 1989, I have been involved in aquaculture production. I have worked in several fish farms in Spain and Ireland, both in hatcheries and ongrowing plants, mainly with Gilthead sea bream, European sea bass and Atlantic salmon, but also with new species such as Senegalese sole and Black spot sea bream.

I hold a BS in General Biology from the Universidad of Madrid (1986) and a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of South Carolina, USA (1989). I have also had the opportunity to enjoy working as aquaculture consultant. In 2003, I was appointed General Manager for APROMAR, Spain’s Marine Fish Farmers Association. A position from which I serve not only at a national level but also participate in international activities with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Social and Economic Committee and the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP). I am also frequently involved in projects with FAO, IUCN and other international organizations, mainly on environmental, sustainability and certification issues. Presently I have the honor to chair Working Group 2 (Aquaculture) of the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the European Commission for the EU.

This space will periodically provide you, and other interested readers, with a privileged insight into the development of aquaculture and its markets in Europe. The old continent is certainly not a relevant hub in global aquaculture production by volume but is home to some of the most important fish farming companies, develops innovative technologies and holds some of the leading research centers. At the same time, Europe is the main aquatic products market in the world. Furthermore, European regulations on the diverse fields related to aquaculture are at the forefront of global policy, in both hard and soft laws. For these reasons I’m sure I will periodically be able to pack this section with attractive news.

 


 

Javier Ojeda

Javier Ojeda

Javier Ojeda holds a BS in General Biology achieved at the Universidad of Madrid (1986), and a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of South Carolina, USA (1989). Since 1989, he has been involved in aquaculture production. He has worked in several fish farms in Spain and Ireland, both in hatcheries and ongrowing farms, mainly with gilthead sea bream, European sea bass and Atlantic salmon, but also with new species such as Senegalese sole and black spot sea bream. He has also worked as aquaculture consultant.

In 2003 he was appointed general secretary for APROMAR, Spain’s marine aquaculture farmer’s association. A position from which he serves not only at a national level but also participates in international activities with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Social and Economic Committee and the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP). He has also been involved in several projects with FAO, IUCN and other international organisations, mainly on environmental, sustainability and certification issues. Presently Mr Ojeda has the honour to chair Working Group 2 (Aquaculture) of the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the European Commission for the EU.

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