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Aquaculture statistics

Aquaculture statistics



Regulation (EC) No 762/2008 on the submission by EU countries of statistics on aquaculture


It sets up a common system for the production of EU statistics on the aquaculture* sector, to help review and assess the market for aquaculture products as part of sound management of the common fisheries policy.

The regulation repeals Council Regulation (EC) No 788/96.


EU countries must submit annual statistics on all the aquaculture carried out on their territory using surveys or other approved methods covering at least 90% of production, with the remaining part being estimated, unless an exemption is approved.

If total annual production is less than 1,000 tonnes the country can submit summary data estimating the total production.

Production must be identified by species, but species totalling less than 500 tonnes or 5% of total production can be estimated and aggregated. Hatchery and nursery* production of these species may be estimated.

Data are submitted within 12 months of the end of the calendar year, and include:

  • annual aquaculture production volume and value;
  • annual input to capture-based aquaculture*;
  • annual production of hatcheries and nurseries;
  • structure of the aquaculture sector (every 3 years).

Quality assessment

Each EU country provides a yearly report on the quality of the data submitted and a detailed methodological report. The latter describes how the data were collected and compiled, including:

  • sampling techniques,
  • estimation methods and sources used other than surveys, as well as
  • an evaluation of the quality of the estimates.

The European Commission (Eurostat) examines the reports and presents its conclusions to the Fisheries statistics Working Group.

Evaluation report

Every 3 years, the European Commission submits an evaluation report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the statistics compiled, and in particular on relevance and quality. The report also includes a cost-effectiveness analysis of the statistics collection system indicating best practice to reduce workload and to enhance the usefulness and quality of the data.


It has applied since 1 January 2009.


For more information, see:


Aquaculture: the farming of fish, shellfish and aquatic plants, in both inland and marine areas, using techniques designed to increase production beyond the natural capacity of the environment.
Hatcheries and nurseries: places for the artificial breeding, hatching and rearing through the early life stages of aquatic animals. For statistical purposes, hatcheries are limited to the production of fertilised eggs. First juvenile stages of aquatic animals are considered as being produced in nurseries.
Capture-based aquaculture: collecting specimens from the wild for use in aquaculture.


Regulation (EC) No 762/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 on the submission by Member States of statistics on aquaculture and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 788/96 (OJ L 218, 13.8.2008, pp. 1-13)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 762/2008 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.


Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and repealing Council Regulations (EC) No 2328/2003, (EC) No 861/2006, (EC) No 1198/2006 and (EC) No 791/2007 and Regulation (EU) No 1255/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L 149, 20.5.2014, pp. 1-66)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on European statistics and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 1101/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the transmission of data subject to statistical confidentiality to the Statistical Office of the European Communities, Council Regulation (EC) No 322/97 on Community Statistics, and Council Decision 89/382/EEC, Euratom establishing a Committee on the Statistical Programmes of the European Communities (OJ L 87, 31.3.2009, pp. 164-173)

See consolidated version.

last update 15.05.2018