Muscat, The Ministry of Agriculture and
Fisheries today signed an agreement with the Blue Water Company to
allow the company to benefit from the techniques and facilities
available at the Aquaculture Center in Al Bustan to be a temporary
fingerlings hatchery for the company.
The agreement stems from the ministry's belief in the
importance of providing fingerlings from within the Sultanate and near
aquaculture projects as hatcheries are the basic components of
developing the aquaculture sector in a sustainable manner. The
agreement will also provide the company with the opportunity to benefit
from the laboratories and equipment of the center to monitor the
growth of the fingerlings perfectly and properly.
This agreement will contribute to the development of the staff
capacity of the center to deal with commercial hatchery and production.
At the first stage, the company imported 300,000 seabream fish
(0.2 grams), which will be reared up to a weight of 2 grams and then
transferred to the floating cages belonging to the company in the
Wilayat of Quriyat in the Governorate of Muscat.
The shipment will be followed by other shipments during the
upcoming period. In the second stage, the company will be carrying
out the hatching of the seabream fish inside the center and thus
completely stop to import. The company has previously installed a
system to bring seawater to the center by high standards to ensure
that sea water reaches the quantities required to meet the needs of the
hatchery and the appropriate quality for hatchery and breeding of
seabream fish or any other fish that can be cultivated in the future.
The Blue Water Company is a subsidiary of the Oman
Aquaculture Development Company, which is affiliated to Oman
Source: Oman News Agency