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.