The Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources sought to establish fish farming projects that are most in demand in the market.
Nasser Taqi, Deputy Director of the Authority for the Fish Resources Sector, confirmed that “the Authority is keen to achieve fish self-sufficiency, more production and work on developing the culture system to bridge the gap between supply and demand, noting that “the authority is in the process of implementing 3 fish and shrimp farming projects to bridge the gap between supply and demand, in addition to granting the authority an activity license for fish farming in 60 farms in the Wafra agricultural area,” saying“our projects will cover 60 percent of the needs of consumer by the end of next year, reports a local Arabic daily.
Taqi told the daily the authority has developed deliberate plans to raise the efficiency of fish farming, along with developing and enriching the natural stock of fish in regional waters, through the fish farming project, which is expected to fill about 50 percent of the deficit in fresh fish, in light of the projects which is currently carried out by the authority, and included in its development plans to revitalize fish farming.”
He explained that food security farms pay great attention, in terms of monitoring, direct and full knowledge of the latest developments and achievements provided by the project, while ensuring the quality of work, stressing that “the authority has built farms in the Wafra area on 200,000 square meters area and has been allocated to ten companies.
He added that “there is a shrimp farming project in the Subbiya area, with an area of 206.7 square meters, and it includes 300 ponds with an area of two hectares each pond and can produce 5,000 tons annually. The project will start operating next year after approvals are taken from the concerned authorities.”
He stated that “there is a project on Boubyan Island, built on an area of 40 km, and the production of fish is expected to be 6000 tons per year, 3000 tons of shrimp, and 60 tons of marine algae, which will be allocated by the municipal council.”
Fish has been one of the most important food sources for humans since ancient times, being one of the most important sources of protein and nutrients.
The increase in population, overfishing and marine pollution in addition to the increased demand for marine organisms and the increasing needs of the local market for fresh fish led to a decrease in fishing quantities, which called for research and hence, the importance of development in the fish farming process by using the latest technical means to provide food security has emerged.