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Saudi Arabia unveils goal to become a leader in global aquaculture industry

24 June 20222 min reading

Ali Al-Shaikhi, the CEO NFDP of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced that the country is on its way to be among the first countries in the aquaculture sector.

Ali Al-Shaikhi, the CEO of the National Fisheries Development Program, said that Saudi Arabia is getting prepared to enter among the leaders of the global aquaculture sector. Al-Shaikhi made these remarks during an interview with Al-Ekhbarya, a national TV channel. In the interview, he said that Saudi Arabia would reach this great goal after its success in joining the largest international organizations in aquaculture. The Arabic Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture (MEWA) has taken a decision to make the Kingdom to be one of the first countries in the world in this sector during its accession to the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA).

Al-Shaikhi said that there are several international organizations that preceded them and worked in the past in the field of aquaculture, and many international research centers too have work in this field, but Saudi Arabia shortened the way by joining these two organizations, which produce more than 95% of the world's production.

It is worth mentioning that King Salman, during the Cabinet session, agreed to the accession of Saudi Arabia to the Agreement on the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia-Pacific (NACA).

The (NACA) was formed by an international treaty titled Agreement on the Network of Aquaculture Centers in Asia and the Pacific signed in Bangkok on Jan. 8, 1988.

In addition to joining NACA, Saudi Arabia’s aquaculture sector has received several recent boons including independent sustainability certifications from Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) for Tabuk Fisheries Company and an Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification for a shrimp farm operated by the National Aquaculture Group (Naqua).

A study conducted by the National Fisheries Development Program in 2010 found that the kingdom has the potential to produce over one million tonnes of seafood a year. Despite this potential, Saudi Arabia’s aquaculture sector produced 100,000 tonnes in 2020. Officials have set targets to increase this output to 300,000 tonnes by 2025 and reach 600,000 tonnes by 2030. Policymakers expect marine fish will account for 450,000 tons of this target, while shrimp and land-based aquaculture facilities will make up the remainder.

 

 


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