In the period 2014 - 2020, financial support for the aquaculture sector is provided by the European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), which aims to promote environmentally sustainable, resource efficient, innovative, competitive and knowledge-based aquaculture , through the following specific objectives:
  • Providing support for strengthening technological development, innovation and knowledge transfer
  • Increasing the competitiveness and viability of aquaculture companies, including improving safety and working conditions, in particular for SMEs
  • The protection and restoration of aquatic biodiversity and the improvement of ecosystems linked to aquaculture, and the promotion of resource-efficient aquaculture
  • The promotion of aquaculture with a high level of protection of the environment, animal health and welfare and public health and safety
  • The development of professional training, new professional skills and lifelong learning.
The European Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Fund was approved by Regulation (EU) No. 508/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014, which provides in Chapter II a priority axis with a set of measures aimed at support for the sustainable development of aquaculture.
The support of this European fund is implemented through a National Operational Program, called MAR 2020, within which the financial support regulations for the aquaculture sector are established, putting into practice the national strategy for the development of aquaculture, defined in the Strategic Plan For Portuguese Aquaculture 2014-2020.
Aquaculture Insurance

In order to protect the income of aquaculture producers, the MAR 2020 Program provides for a measure to support the establishment of insurance for aquaculture populations, having created the Aquaculture Insurance, whose applications are submit
ted to IFAP. See here.
For information and preparation of project applications for funding from the EMFF, the Management Authority for MAR 2020 may be contacted.