Aquaculture plan will aid to narrow fish supply-demand gap
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In Wafra area support will be offered to fish farms breeding tilapia fish for them to grow production (Photo:

 
In Wafra area support will be offered to fish farms breeding tilapia fish for them to grow production. (Photo: Stockfile/FIS)

 

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017, 02:30 (GMT + 9)

 

The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) has created a development plan to achieve self-sufficiency of locally-consumed fish in Kuwait and narrow the gap between seafood product supply and demand.

The strategy, which will be carried out from 2018 to 2019, tends to expand and enhance several operations and projects such as fish farming, natural fish reserve in territorial waters.

“For the past 10 years, PAAF has accomplished a very notable development in all its sectors, particularly in expanding arable lands, bolstering livestock production, and launching projects to enrich natural fish reserve in territorial waters,” Ghanim Al-Sanad, PAAF's Deputy Director General for Ornamental Horticulture Affairs told Kuwait News Agency.

For his part, Youssef Al-Najem, PAAF's Deputy Director General for Fish Resources Affairs, explained that the current total demand of fish and shrimp surpasses the local production, and that the available fish resources shape up between 33-49 per cent of total local consumption.

Al-Najem expects that fish farming could fill 50 per cent of fresh fish deficit by the year 2025 if the PAAF completes implementation of all its planned projects.

One of these projects, the director pointed out, is the National Hatchery (2008) in Wafra area to support fish farms authorized in breeding tilapia fish with a production capacity of 80,000-90,000 tonnes annually.

Further initiatives include the supply of fish feed to farms that breed black seabream and yellowfin bream fish, the organization of annual training courses for citizens, and scientific and technical consultations to fish farmers.

In addition, authorities plan to produce and release 1.3 million juvenile fish of three types: spotted grouper, black seabream, and yellowfin bream into Kuwaiti waters after conducting an accurate survey on the sites where the fish are to be released.

About 25 per cent of these seasonal juveniles will be coloured with fluorescent elastomer in order to follow them and evaluate the outcome of their release, and thus rehabilitate fish reserve after two years from the release.

As part of the development plan, the PAAF also plans to launch another important project aimed at farming sea fish in floating cages in Khairan area in southern Kuwait. The entity forecasts the production capacity for the project will reach over 10,000 tonnes of fish annually by 2040, compared to the current 2,000 tonnes.

Al-Najem also mentioned the Authority's "promising" shrimp farming project in Subiya area, which is geared towards constructing an eight-square kilometre farm to produce 2,000 tonnes annually of farmed shrimp.

In Al-Najem’s view, such a program would contribute highly in narrowing the gap between supply and demand of fish, decreasing prices, and providing consumers with sea products in sufficient quantities and appropriate prices.

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