Photo credit: Kyriakos Stamatiou (Greece)
Review: Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
Greece is currently the largest producer of European seabass (Dicentrachus labrax) and gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) in the region producing more than 73,300 and 48600 tons of seabream and seabass respectively in 2013 (FAO). Similarly, Greece is the most developed Mediterranean country in terms of cage aquaculture with more than 300 licensed production sites. The availability of the coastline with its large number of sheltered sites; as well as the proximity to largest regional market favored the development of marine cages in Greece.
The inserted photos show one of the leading marine cage farm, founded in 1985 and is located on the northern part of the Dodecanese island of Leros in the eastern Aegean Sea. The high quality clear water along with the high average temperature all year round has recommended the island of Leros to be birthplace of Greek aquaculture.
The project shown in the pictures focuses on the production of gilthead seabream, European seabass along with stone bass (argyrosomous regius), sheephead bream (puntazzo puntazzo) and red bream (pargus major).
Juveniles required for the cages are produced in the company’s hatchery in numbers sufficient to produce 3000 metric tons of market size fish every year.