Oman to host regional workshop on aquaculture

Muscat: The regional workshop entitled “Basics and Criteria for Selecting Fish Farming Sites (Floating Cages) and Setting Guidelines”, hosted by the Sultanate of Oman represented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, will start tomorrow, Sunday, and will last for two days.

The workshop comes in cooperation with the Regional Fisheries Commission (RECOFI) and the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); This is in implementation of the recommendations of the 11th session of the Regional Fisheries Commission to choose the Sultanate of Oman to host the seminar.

The opening ceremony of the seminar is sponsored by His Excellency Eng. Yaqoub bin Khalfan Al Busaidi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources for Fisheries.

Participants in the seminar will discuss several axes in the field of aquaculture with a floating cage system, including the principles and criteria for selecting sites for aquaculture, as well as reviewing the experiences of the Regional Fisheries Commission in the field of planning and determining sites for aquaculture, and presenting the experience of countries bordering the White Sea. Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The program of the seminar will include a number of joint practical sessions to introduce the areas designated for aquaculture.

Fish farming is one of the fastest growing sectors of food production in the world. As it grows at a rate of 9% annually, and in light of the indications of an increase in the growth of the world’s population during the next two decades, expectations indicate that an additional 40 million tons of aquatic food will be needed during the year 2025 AD to meet the current per capita consumption.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources seeks to make the fish farming sector one of the main pillars in developing and improving the utilization of fish resources in the Sultanate of Oman, and to be able to compete and meet the needs of consumers of farmed aquatic products of high quality and economic value in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

In recent years, the Ministry has made efforts to develop aquaculture in cooperation with the private sector; The total fish farming production from fish farms in the Sultanate for the year 2022 reached 3,469 tons of fish farming products, with a total value of RO 7.330 million. While the production of tilapia fish reached 290 tons, with a total value of 433 thousand Omani riyals.

The percentage of fish farming products to the fish production of the Sultanate ranges from 5 to 7% during the year 2022 , and this percentage is destined to increase steadily in the coming years. Especially since there are projects under construction, and others in the process of initial approvals for work.

It should be noted that the Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) is a body affiliated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and this organization currently includes all countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States, in addition to Iran and Iraq.

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