Spanish Fishing Industry

A nation surrounded by the sea, with a rich fishing culture... 

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    The nation of Spain is surrounded on all sides by water. At any given location in the country, the coast is within a 3 hour car or bus ride. This has contributed to a historical reliance on the sea for food and industry. 

    On the pages of this particular culture quest you have had the opportunity to explore several aspects of how fish and culture interact in España. Here, we will discuss the commercial fishing industry that has historically thrived but began to suffer in contemporary times. 

    Spain in many ways can be seen as a landscape where the old meets the new. Centuries old techniques have now been combined with modern technology to create Europe's largest and most productive fish fleet. 

    Situated in southern Europe, Spain is surrounded on almost all sides by water. The Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and the Balearic Sea all provide a rich source of aquatic fare. These productive waters are also used for man-maintained aquaculture.
    The fishing industry is not new to Spain. The people of this small nation have depended on the waters for food and industry for thousands of years. The modern fishing fleet can be seen as a place where old meets new, where tradition meets industry. The Spanish fishermen are renowned for their knowledge and expertise of the fish, shellfish, and crustaceans that thrive along the coast. This expertise works in synergy with modern technology, processing, and marketing techniques. This synergy can be directly correlated with the high reputation the Spanish fishing industry enjoys throughout Europe and the World. 


     The fishing industry of Spain provides a diverse product range. Local and European markets enjoy fresh catches while the rest of the world receives high-quality frozen goods. The eating habits of the Spanish people reflect the premium grade fish the industry supplies. The average Spaniard consumes approximately 37 kg of seafood per year, 50% more than the average European.
    The fishing industry is flourishing but due to its age, there is little room for new competitors. For this reason, many businesses have been recently focusing effort on international exports in order to increase profits. With this increased focus on exports, don’t be surprised to find a Spanish fish on your plate at your next meal!