13 Jan 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 13 JANUARYBrussels Daily
Seafood: Survey on EU consumers’ attitudes to seafood reveals some unsuspected shopping and eating habits
The majority of Europeans say they eat fish because it is healthy. Fish consumption is increasing, with 42% Europeans eating fish/aquaculture products at least once a week at home. This underlines the need to ensure sustainable supply of fish to the EU market. A new Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer choices regarding fishery and aquaculture products reveals that people in the EU eat seafood quite regularly, although how far people live from the sea plays a role in how often they eat fish. “This survey helps us see how Europeans choose their seafood. This helps inform our policies. We must make sure that consumers continue to have a wide range of high quality seafood to choose from. That is why we are determined to reach targets on sustainable fishing by 2020“, stated Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. For seafood, there is a strong preference for regional, national and European origin (80%). Reducing import dependency by developing sustainable fishing and aquaculture in the EU is again emphasised. 66% think the information on products is clear and easy to understand, showing that EU labelling rules are working. For more information see here.
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