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

Investment Fund.

Source: Oman News Agency

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