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From processing industries to fishing fleets and aquaculture, Italy's is the sustainable and responsible face of fishing.

Despite its 8000 kilometres of coastline, Italy’s fishing production remains limited. Fish consumption, on the other hand, is high here as a result of the popularity of the Mediterranean diet. A great many fish farms have thus developed in both salt and fresh waters and the always very highly skilled fish processing sector for canning and frozen fish is on the increase. Italian fishing fleets, made up for the most part by companies working in cabotage and small fish hauls, adopted the principles of responsible fishing some time ago and today those working on the seas are in the forefront of environmental protection in Mediterranean waters and the fight for full fish traceability. The bulk of the fishing itself, moreover, is done by fishermen's co-operatives which have made social responsibility their badge of honour. Along the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic coasts, in fact, fishing protection orders have been used for years to allow for a biological recovery period. The same applies to inland water fishing and aquaculture farms focusing on freshwater fish farming. Extremely traditional fishing methods have survived in some parts of the country (such as tuna and sword fish and small fish catches of oily fish in particular) with absolutely minimal impact on the marine ecosystem.