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Open a Company in the Aquaculture Sector in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Open-a-company-in-the-aquaculture-sector-in-FranceThe French agriculture industry is one of the most developed economic sectors of the country and when we say agriculture we don’t only refer to growing and cultivating various crops, but carrying out many other activities. One of the activities is aquaculture which implies growing fish and other marine species in special farms created in the surrounding waters of France. Moreover, France was among the first EU countries to have an aquaculture industry.

At the moment, there are more than 4,000 aquaculture companies operating in France, most of them being private companies. Our company formation consultants in France can offer information on the legislation related to aquaculture in this country.

Registering a company in the aquaculture industry in France

Registering an aquaculture company in France implies the same steps as when opening a business in the fishing sector, however no fishing permits are required. The aquaculture company must sign a concession agreement with the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in France.

French aquaculture companies growing shellfish and finfish must obtain a special permit from the same ministry which will allow them to use the national maritime waters to set up their establishment.

Our company registration advisors in France can assist with the company formation process of a business in the aquaculture sector.

Types of businesses which can be set up in the French aquaculture sector

Foreign investors who want to open a company in aquaculture in France should know that the government has enabled a special program which encourages the breeding of marine species in aquaculture farms. Companies can grow:

  • -          marine fish species;
  • -          fresh water fish species;
  • -          crustaceans;
  • -          mollusks.

Trout and shrimp farming is also common in France.

However, French companies are also supported in investing in research and development in the aquaculture industry, as well as in creating hatcheries for marine life.

If you want to open a company in aquaculture and need assistance, do not hesitate to contact our French company formation representatives. You can also rely on our local consultants for information on the legislation related to aquaculture farming in France.

 

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