Commercial Fishing &
Aquaculture in Cyprus:
In 2013, the Cypriot
fishing fleet comprised 894 vessels, with a combined grossed
tonnage of 3 500. For the same year, the total volume of seafood
landings achieved by the Cypriot fleet was around 900 tonnes, and
its total value amounted to EUR 5.3 million.
Aquaculture is also a very important activity: it constitutes
between 80% and 85%, in terms of both value and volume, of the total
national fisheries production. At the same time, aquaculture
delivers socio-economic benefits to the coastal communities by
offering important employment that contributes to the local income.
The aquaculture sector has
nine marine offshore farms and seven inland farms
(located in Troodos mountain), as well as three marine fish
hatcheries, one shrimp hatchery and two other inland
units culturing ornamental fish.
The main cultured marine
species are sea bream, sea bass and meagre, and in
fresh water aquaculture, rainbow trout and sturgeon.
Commercial Fish |
Seafood Species in Cyprus
The main seafood | Fish
produced in Cyprus is sea bass and sea bream, other fish species
include dentex, red sea bream, red porgy, spinefoot, drum and
Department of Fisheries and Marine Research
The Department of Fisheries and Marine Research in Cyprus
has a wide range of activities including:
Research Programs for the
calculation of the fish stocks and rational management of fishery
Fisheries development through
various programs, loans, subsidies, insurance of fishing vessels,
personnel training etc.
Modernization of fishing
technology, through programs of technical guidance and assistance to
fishermen, fishing education, introduction of new fishing methods,
Development of fisheries in
international areas through various projects.
Research for further
development of aquaculture (in the sea mainly), through various
Management of fish stocks of dams for leisure fishing purposes.
Construction, maintenance and
management of fishing shelters and fishing ports.
control and combat of marine pollution.
Marine biological and
ecological research on conservation and protection of marine
ecosystems and endangered species.
Implementation of legislation
on fisheries, aquaculture and fishing shelters.
Licensing for professional and
amature fishing at sea and in the dams. Licensing for the
establishment/operation of fish farms.
Management of the Cyprus
Register of fishing vessels in accordance with EU regulations.
Commission for the Mediterranean - Consisting of 22 Member
countries along with the European Community, the GFCM’s objectives
are to promote the development, conservation, rational management
and best utilization of living marine resources, as well as the
sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black
Sea and connecting waters. Membership is open to both Mediterranean
coastal states and regional economic organizations as well as to
United Nations member states whose vessels engage in fishing in
Fishery and Aquaculture Country Profile for Cyprus
- aquatic species caught by country or area, by species items, by
FAO major fishing areas, and year, for all commercial, industrial,
recreational and subsistence purposes. The harvest from mariculture,
aquaculture and other kinds of fish farming is also included.