Organization

With innovation, outward orientation, and collectivity as its main pillars, HAPO, the main developer of Greek aquaculture, was founded in 2016 with the aim of strengthening the production and promotion of its member companies' products in selected markets and solidifying Greek aquaculture as a leading force in Greece and international markets.

HAPO today

HAPO has 22 active Members, all Greek producers, accounting to 80% of total domestic production of fresh farmed fish, export to 40 countries.

Alongside its comprehensive promotion activities, HAPO provides multifaceted support and benefits to its Members regarding collaboration, assistance, information, networking, development, education, collectivity, progress, problem-solving, communication with governmental bodies, and much more. Simultaneously, it is an active member of the European Federation of Aquaculture Producers (FEAP), the Advisory Committee for Aquaculture (AAC), and the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), showcasing its international orientation and outward focus.

Fresh fish from HAPO Members are collectively branded Fish from Greece.

Ανακαλύψτε τις κορυφαίες πρακτικές της Ελληνικής Ιχθυοκαλλιέργειας από τον κορυφαίο ιχθυοπαθολόγο. Επίλεξε την ποιότητα με Fish From Greece.

Private Certification Scheme Fish from Greece

Certification is a strategic choice for HAPO directly linked to the empowerment of aquaculture. It functions as a lever for the industry’s growth and healthy entrepreneurship, providing the required credibility sought by consumers. In this direction, HAPO has established, in collaboration with TÜV Austria Hellas, a modern quality certification standard for Greek fish, bearing the seal of prestige and trust.

The Private Certification Scheme Fish From Greece aims at the documented, objective, and impartial recognition of the high quality standards (morphological, organoleptic characteristics, and freshness) of Greek fish. These standards are a result of the methods and practices of their cultivation and post-harvest management, directly associated with Greek seas and aquaculture.

The fundamental objectives of Certification are:

  • To establish a common standard with a uniform assessment system for Greek aquaculture companies.
  • To recognize and collaborate with competent and reliable certification organizations.
  • To create a common and transparent framework to ensure the quality of Greek aquaculture products.
  • To set appropriate requirements for documenting the information and data that companies must maintain, as well as the practices they must implement, to meet the purpose of the Scheme.

Sustainable Development and Biodiversity

Fish farming is now the only sustainable solution for protecting marine biodiversity. Overfishing and the use of environmentally harmful fishing methods have already caused significant environmental consequences, which can only be mitigated through a responsible, scientifically informed, and above all sustainable strategy, such as that offered by aquaculture.

The preventive measures chosen to achieve Sustainable Development ensure fresh fish of exceptional quality and taste in Greek seas that are transparent and clean. The aquaculture units of HAPO’s Members operate according to specific and institutionalized environmental frameworks and regulations, determined by the Ministries of Development & Food and Environment & Energy, always in accordance with the strict specifications of the European Union.

Members of HAPO hold all the mandatory certificates for their legal operation, thus ensuring the quality of products through a series of good practices, continuous monitoring of the breeding process, thorough and strict quality controls, environmental monitoring, and a comprehensive traceability system, from the sea to the point of sale.

The people of HAPO

Fish farming, with a presence of 40 years in Greece, is today one of the most dynamically growing sectors of the Greek economy. This evolution is due to people with expertise and deep knowledge, who work passionately and devotedly every day to ensure that Greek fish farming is synonymous with high quality in Greece and internationally.

By systematically investing in their education, in new technologies, and in the transformation of the fish production process, mainly due to climate change, the employees in HAPO’s members gain specialization and thorough training, necessary for Greek fish farming to remain a pioneer in primary production.

The Greek fish farming sector is a major employer in the country, offering over 4,000 direct and indirect jobs, mainly in remote areas of the Greek territory, which significantly contributes to the economic development of local communities. Fish farming creates jobs in 10 out of the 13 regions of Greece.

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