British trout farmers are celebrating a ruling by the EU Commission, alongside a consortium of European fish farming bodies, which prevents Turkish trout farmers’ export of their product to other EU countries at a subsidised price.
We at the BTA recently supported the Danish Aquaculture Organisation in their work to challenge the Turkish state subsidy on exported trout, claiming it created unfair competition and that is has imposed huge economic losses on trout farmers from other EU countries. The Commission saw in favour of the challenge and has imposed a duty of between 7 and nearly 10% on imported trout from Turkey.
In recent years, UK fish farmers have experienced increased pressure from the import of subsidised trout. Turkish import has doubled in the period 2010 to 2013 and fish farmers across Europe have lost significant market share.
In the UK the trout industry is largely run by small family businesses, committed to farming of the highest standard in order to deliver top quality trout. This leaves the industry particularly vulnerable to potential price wars.
So, this is great news for you, the consumer. We know you care about the story behind your food, and this makes it easier for you to buy sustainable, high quality, local product, in turn supporting our British trout farmers.