Authorities boost the local fish industry by releasing thousands into the sea.
The Fisheries Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has released 46,000 baby black-finned sea bream into Qatar’s waters. According to the MME, this is the fifth batch to be released in Qatar, with each fish weighing 5-10g.
Three protected locations saw the release process, including Umm Al Houl, Al Beshayriyah, and Banana Island, which are considered suitable for the growth of this type of fish while providing them with the suitable environment to live in.
The ministry will continue to release more fish until a total of 200,000 of the same breed are released; the aim is to boost the country’s fish stock and as part of the Aquatic Research Centre’s (ARC) efforts to expand the aquaculture industry. Similarly, the ministry also released 20,000 small hamour fish in July, the first batch by the ARC.
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According to Qatar’s 2018-2023 National Food Security Strategy, fish farming is one of the key priorities to ensure domestic self-sufficiency in times of crisis.
Evidently, Qatar’s immediate response to crises has been crucial ever since the 2017 blockade was imposed on the country, where the reliance on local production played a huge role in saving local sectors.