EUMOFA reports that in 2017, there was an increase in the global production of fishmeal and fish oil, mainly in Peru, Chile, and the Nordic countries, particularly Denmark, Iceland and Norway, where landings of the small pelagics used for production of fishmeal and fish oil have gone up.
Peru is the main producer and exporter, whereas China is the main market of fishmeal and fish oil, followed by Norway.
The monthly report also includes a case study on fisheries and the growing aquaculture industries in Bulgaria and Romania. In Bulgaria, over the period from 2012 to 2016, aquaculture production doubled, from 7.557 tonnes to 15.432 tonnes according to the Bulgarian Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture. This increase was related to higher production of three main species, namely chiefly rainbow trout, common carp and silver carp.
In Romania, aquaculture is diversified in terms of produced species, technologies used and environment (freshwater or marine). Aquaculture production in Romania increased from about 10.000 tonnes in 2012 to 12.574 tonnes in 2016. The growth of national production can be attributed to the expanded production of carp in polyculture, in extensive or semi-intensive production systems. A significant number of carp and other species are produced. Common carp is the most important with 4.841 tonnes produced in 2016 (38% of the total in terms of volume and 41% in terms of value), followed by silver carp, bighead carp, rainbow trout and to a lesser extent crucian carp and brook trout.
Excerpts from \'Monthly Highlights No. 5\' from EUMOFA