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Spain and Italy main importers of octopus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 15, 2020
While world octopus production increased from 2008 to 2017 (+12%), Community production decreased (-40%).
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In 2017, the catches were 27,872 tons and represented 7% of the world catches.

Topics: Spain Italy

The EU is a major importer of octopus.

In 2018, Spain and Italy were the main importers from third countries and mainly received frozen octopus from Morocco and Mauritania.

Spain was also the main exporter of the EU, with the USA as the most important destination.

The main producing countries of the EU are Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece.

These countries accounted for 90% of the EU's catches in 2017.

They were also the Member States with the highest apparent consumption of octopus in that same year.