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Aquaculture Output - Border Counties

Year

Volume (t)

Value €

Value £Stg

2003

29,796

41,774,304

28,512,090

2004

24,759

32,768,737

22,365,548

2005

29,969

52,471,809

35,813,428

2006

26,613

50,912,463

34,749,133

Aquaculture Output - Northern Ireland

Year

Volume (t)

Value €

Value £Stg

2003

6,537

7,777,A1101

5,309,000

2004

5,437

6,690,153

4,567,000

2005

8,240

8,844,142

6,037,410

2006

11,101

11,781,670

8,042,700

Total Employment - Remit Area

Year

Full Time

Part Time

Total

2003

481

477

958

2004

420

375

795

2005

416

328

744

2006

454

282

736

Aquaculture in the Remit Area

Aquaculture in the border counties and Northern Ireland is concentrated in rural and
peripheral coastal areas, offering jobs where there are few alternative employment
opportunities. Working in this industry often compliments employment in inshore fishing, tourism and small-scale agriculture and can make a valuable contribution to social cohesion, as the income at times from other activities are not sufficient to sustain a livelihood. Quite often the indirect benefits are forgotten in terms of additional jobs supporting the industry through upstream and downstream businesses. To date aquaculture has been seen as the poor relation to sea fisheries and although global fisheries production has doubled over the last thirty years, demand for fisheries products outstrips supply. It is predicted that output from world capture fisheries will remain relatively static at 95 million tonnes, while market requirements are expected to reach 180 million tonnes by 2030 (FAO, 2006). Aquaculture production is expected to play a crucial role in forthcoming decades in compensating for stagnant capture fisheries and in meeting increased consumer demand.

Modern aquaculture on the Island of Ireland began its development in the early 1970’s and has become an important contributor to rural economies, generating incomes in many areas where there are little other job opportunities. In 2006, total aquaculture production on the Island of Ireland was 68,523 tonnes, valued in excess of €136 million, supporting 2,275 jobs in coastal and rural areas. The importance of aquaculture in the remit area of the Aquaculture Initiative is clearly illustrated by production and employment statistics below. In 2006 aquaculture production in the region accounted for 55%, by volume, of total production on the Island of Ireland.

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