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CROATIAN FISHERIES IN 2004

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Author(s): Irena Jahutka | Ante Mišura | Josip Suić | Vlasta Frančević | Zlatko Homen | Josip Marković

Journal: Ribarstvo : Croatian Journal of Fisheries
ISSN 1330-061X

Volume: 63;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 147;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: statistic data | freshwater fisheries | marine fisheries | import and export | financial subventions

ABSTRACT
This work deals with all the relevant statistic data regarding fisheries of Republic of Croatia, including freshwater fisheries data (aquaculture of fish and other aquatic organisms, commercial and sports fisheries), marine fisheries data (mariculture, commercial fisheries, small–scale fisheries and processing of fish and other marine organisms), as well as data about import and export of fish and fish products and the data about financial subventions in fisheries. Regarding aquaculture (freshwater fish farming) in 2004 there have been noticed slight changes comparing to 2003. The total freshwater fish production in 2004 was 5,618 tons (4,259 tons of warm–water species and 1,359 tons of cold–water species). Total areas and production areas were increased comparing to 2003 (total areas 1.94% and production areas 5.42%). Total catch of freshwater fish in 2004 was 567 tons. The total marine fish species production was increased cca. 20% comparing to 2003. Mussels farming, which is slightly increasing since 1999, during 2004 was decreased, while oysters farming were stagnating. The catch of marine fish was increased by 9.74% comparing to 2003. The biggest increase is noticed regarding catch of demersal and other fish species. As well as the increase of the total catch, the number of commercial fishermen and fishing vessels was also increased in 2003. The number of fishermen who fish for their own consumption (without the right to sell fish–small scale fishermen) in 2004 was 13,700. The total production of fish products in 2004 was 14,270 tons, which is 24.89% less comparing to 2003. Along this decrease, there has been also noticed an increasing trend of the production assortments, specially salted anchovy. The value of import in 2004 was higher than the value of export, although the export/import balance was higher in amount on the import side. Financial subventions payments in 2004 were 67.21% higher comparing to the first year of payments (1997). The highest percentage (32.03%) was paid for the processing of fish in the areas with more difficult commerce conditions.
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