Sustainable Alternatives in the European Aquaculture Sector

Seas, oceans and rivers have been an important source of protein for the planet since ancient times and have become a fundamental part of our development and health. Therefore, and as a sustainable and viable alternative to these limited resources, Aquaculture was born. In its broad sense, that is, encompassing mythiculture, conchiculture or oyster farming among other forms of farming.

Today, the European Aquaculture sector represents a large modern industry with more than 100,000 direct jobs in production and another 90,000 more in services, processing and other tasks including research. The vision of the European aquaculture sector is, by 2030, to provide 4.5 million tonnes of sustainable food products per year, worth 14 billion euros, and offering more than 150,000 direct jobs.

Ecoplas wants to be part of the ambitious growth of the European aquaculture sector and therefore our strong commitment to the environment has led us to create sustainable alternatives for farming.

Our company offers plastic solutions for the sector and we have a wide range of nets and other products designed to meet the needs of aquaculture in its entirety: mythiculture, conchiculture, ostreiculture, etc.

Highlights in our product catalog:

  1. Solutions for mussel cultivation: From reparque bags for exclusive Galician use to stuffing nets and anti-predator nets suitable for long-line, bouchot or raft cultivation.
  2. Solutions for the cultivation of oysters and clams: From coupelles, long lines, lanterns, fattening baskets, etc. Suitable for different ecosystems and for different phases of oyster and clam production.
  3. Packaging Solutions: They can be manufactured in biodegradable and compostable materials. An example of this are extruded bags.
  4. Extruded tubular mesh: Flexible mesh ideal for packaging a multitude of products: mussels, clams, oysters, etc.
  5. Plastic baskets that improve the efficiency in the collection, transport and storage of products, especially purification and storage of shellfish. They stand out: plastic baskets, trays or trays with transparent lids.
  6. Tie tags: They can be anonymous or printed adding the customer’s trademark.
  7. Complements: We sell closing systems for all types of machines on the market. As clips, wire or strap.
  8. Solutions for algae cultivation: Ecological solutions that can be made with compostable materials (filet de catinage) and biodegradable.
  9. Purification solutions: An example of them are bins with a special design to purify and store live shellfish, providing better use of water and space.

Within the growth of the aquaculture sector in Europe, we note that French aquaculture is currently prioritizing sustainability. This has been revealed with the creation of a logo for the labeling of fishing products “Pêche durable“, “Sustainable fishing“.

Currently, the Aquaculture market in France is dominated by oyster culture, which represents 85% of European production, followed by seabass and seabream.

One of the biggest access barriers to the French aquaculture market is non-tariff barriers. The French aquaculture market is a mature market where distribution channels are dominated by large French commercial groups, although the perception of the Spanish product is very positive and the geographical proximity and quality of the product are valued.

In this sense, Spanish companies have a great opportunity to access the French aquaculture market by adapting their products to these new trends in bio or sustainable aquaculture with quality and innovation seals through the use of QR codes.

It is therefore an attractive market for Spanish companies in a dynamic and qualitative sector that offers promising prospects for the future.