Aquatic food products represent one of the world`s most nutritious and healthy food sources and is a major contributor to food supply at global level. In Europe, there has been an increasing demand for aquatic products. In 2010, the import of aquaculture products into the EU was estimated to account for 65% of aquatic food consumption. The aquaculture production in Europe is renowned for its high quality, sustainability and consumer protection standards.
Therefore FVE recommends strongly investing in the growing potential of Europe’s aquaculture.
INVOLVEMENT OF THE VETERINARY PROFESSION IN AQUACULTURE
The involvement of veterinarians in the aquaculture sector is vital; being essential in the investigation and treatment of diseases, epidemiological analysis, nutrition, feeding and welfare of aquatic animals. Veterinarians can advise and work with producers to promote the health and welfare of their aquatic animals. Veterinarians are a vital link in ensuring human health through controlling food safety and food security, similarly as with other food producing species