Collecting demographic data for the EU aquaculture sector: What can we learn?

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  • Simona Nicheva
  • Staffan Waldo
  • Nielsen, Rasmus
  • Tobias Lasner
  • Jordi Guillen
  • Emmet Jackson
  • Arina Motova
  • Maria Cozzolino
  • Avdelas Lamprakis
  • Kolyo Zhelev
  • Ignacio Llorente

The EU aquaculture industry is a politically prioritized industry as shown in the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy. The political objectives include biological, economic and social sustainability of the industry. However, while a lot of attention has been paid to the economic importance and environmental impact from the aquaculture sector, there has been less focus on the social dimension. This paper contributes to the development of the social dimension by providing a baseline of the employment structure in the EU aquaculture sector. This is done by producing the first coherent overview of the employment in the sector presenting demographic information on gender, age, education and nationality. Data are further provided by country, by production technology, and by sector (marine, fresh water, shellfish). The results show that the sector is dominated by employees that are citizens of the same country as they are employed, are male, are between 40 and 64 years old, and have a low to medium level of education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number738382
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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    Research areas

  • EU aquaculture, Social sustainability, Socio-demographic data, Sustainable blue economy

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