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Aquaculture is both a modern and a traditional sector that is responsible for providing many fresh fish and seafood products to the European consumer. As such, it is a dynamic part of the fisheries sector, which seeks to be responsible, transparent and forward-looking.
Aquaculture has become an extremely important provider of fish with essential nutritional qualities. It also makes a crucial contribution to the socio-economic infrastructure in many rural areas of Europe, indeed the world.
In presenting Aquamedia, fish farmers recognise that their duty as producers of high quality food, as well as fish for the restocking and sport fisheries, goes beyond that of merely growing fish that are demanded by the market.
Aquamedia's purpose is to tell the story of aquaculture in an open and transparent way to all those who are interested in what it does. Throughout Europe aquaculture is, quite properly, highly regulated by both national and European legislation. Furthermore, fish farmers also want the consumers of their fish to understand what they do, how they do it and to share the news, development and, in some cases, the problems, that exist.
The members of FEAP, who are the national producer associations and whose members are the farmers themselves, represent the vast majority of the farmed species throughout Europe. They operate under the Federation's own Code of Conduct. Many associations also have their own, very much more detailed, Codes of Best Practice. All these codes are binding and are designed to maintain and indeed improve farming standards.
Many farmers are grouped together still further, usually nationally, to operate under Quality Assurance Schemes; national authorities regularly inspect these schemes and their products can be recognised in the market by a kite mark.
Aquamedia goes beyond even this because it presents the process of aquaculture truthfully for consumers, researchers and those who are studying the procedures of food production. Aquamedia is constantly being updated and reviewed. New information is being made available and is being prepared all the time in the many nations who are contributors to this initiative.