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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Collecting demographic data for the EU aquaculture sector: What can we learn?

Nicheva, Simona; Waldo, Staffan; Nielsen, Rasmus; Lasner, Tobias; Guillen, Jordi; Jackson, Emmet; Motova, Arina; Cozzolino, Maria; Lamprakis, Avdelas; Zhelev, Kolyo; Llorente, Ignacio


The EU aquaculture industry is a politically prioritized industry as shown in the EU's Farm to Fork Strategy. The political objectives include biological, economic and social sustainability of the industry. However, while a lot of attention has been paid to the economic importance and environmental impact from the aquaculture sector, there has been less focus on the social dimension. This paper contributes to the development of the social dimension by providing a baseline of the employment structure in the EU aquaculture sector. This is done by producing the first coherent overview of the employment in the sector presenting demographic information on gender, age, education and nationality. Data are further provided by country, by production technology, and by sector (marine, fresh water, shellfish). The results show that the sector is dominated by employees that are citizens of the same country as they are employed, are male, are between 40 and 64 years old, and have a low to medium level of education.


Socio-demographic data; Social sustainability; Sustainable blue economy; EU aquaculture

Published in

2022, volume: 559, article number: 738382

Authors' information

Nicheva, Simona
Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Economics
Nielsen, Rasmus
University of Copenhagen
Lasner, Tobias
Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries
Guillen, Jordi
Joint Research Centre, European Commission (JRC)
Jackson, Emmet
Board Iascaigh Mhara
Motova, Arina
Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish)
Cozzolino, Maria
Lamprakis, Avdelas
Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy
Zhelev, Kolyo
Executive Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture
Llorente, Ignacio
University of Cantabria

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG5 Gender equality
SDG8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
SDG10 Reduce inequality within and among countries

UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Aquacultural Science

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