For the coherent development of aquaculture, it is important that national planning and support activities be harmonized and rationalized. The following list identifies the main areas to be addressed and, within each, gives an order of priority.
Establish a structure for the coordination of aquaculture development by the formation of:
a National Aquaculture Coordination Committee; and
a Centre for Aquaculture Information.
Encourage regional initiatives in aquaculture development.
Encourage the independent organization of the private sector of the industry.
Introduce and implement regulations to strictly control pollution, so as to protect aquaculture.
Legislate to control the importation, and spread within Greece, of fish and shellfish disease;
Encourage and support the role of the cooperative sector in aquaculture development.
Streamline licence acquisition procedures.
Formulate less complicated and shorter procedures for the acquisition of financial assistance.
Develop a programme of investment which emphasizes:
projects which are economically viable and provide social benefits;
the production potential of lagoons;
semi-intensive methods of production; and
small-scale organization for intensive production.
Commercialize the operation and management of the existing state hatcheries.
Initiate national quality control schemes.
Establish a programme for the study of national and international markets for aquaculture products.
Encourage the production of species which provide inexpensive fish products for the consumer.
Improve the distribution and processing infrastructure for fish and shellfish products.
Develop training programmes which are practical, and which reflect the broad needs of the industry.
Through recruitment, training and management policies, make the extension service broader and more capable of practical support in the field.
Provide more support for applied research in aquaculture.