The industry's strengths lie in the increasing interest on behalf of producers in developing vertical integration, including production, sales and traditional hand and industrial processing.
A further strength lies in the industry's long-standing local systems with high levels of skill, good infrastructures and equipment. World market analysis reveals that the Sicilian fishing industry is also highly competitive in types of production which would seem to suit modern lifestyles.
An interesting fact is that Sicilian specialties and delicatessen products are hugely successful in Japan, Germany, France and the USA.
In fish farming, Sicily's strengths are due to increased levels of consumption, on-going technological innovation and improved farming techniques adopted in recent years. The outlook for this sector is extremely positive, involving major growth in the near future and an increase in the number of different species.
This should lead to risk spreading, which is also a concern where there is excessive concentration on a single species.
The areas which require further development are listed below:
- infrastructure (port facilities, services, fish markets)
- marketing, sales and the diffusion of scientific and technological innovation
- access to credit and financial services by companies and those operating in the fishing sector
- fishing surveillance equipment