EU policies: opportunities for aquaponics

Kyra Hoevenaars, Ranka Junge, Tamas Bardocz, Matej Leskovec


Aquaponics is treated under the common EU policies related to fisheries, agriculture, food safety and environment. Because aquaponics falls into fish as well as plant production relevant policies are the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy and the EU Environmental Policy. However, as a modern food production technology, aquaponics supports several development goals set by different fields of EU policies. Goals related to aquaponics in these policies include promoting innovation, increase competitiveness, improve access to space and water, welfare of fish, prevention of waste, and promoting resource-efficiency and low-carbon economy. Aquaponics provides solutions to these goals by minimising water and nutrient use, utilising areas unfit for other food production systems, facilitating local food production and thus providing new business opportunities. The EU provides various frameworks for financial support for the different components of aquaponics including the Seventh Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, EIP-AGRI, SME-instrument, PRIMA Initiative, EMFF and the COST Action FA 1305 – EU Aquaponics hub.

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DOI [Crossref] 10.19040/ecocycles