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PM opens Aquaculture Research Centre

PM opens Aquaculture Research Centre

QNA
Doha
Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani opened the Aquaculture Research Centre of the Ministry of Municipal and Environment at Ras Matbakh, Al Dhakhira district, on Saturday.
The PM toured the centre, which includes the administrative building, scientific and water laboratories, the part related to fish farming, nursery units and fish fattening units.
The PM was briefed about the centre’s tasks and role in the field of water research, developing the fisheries sector, providing technical support and contributing to achieving self-sufficiency, food security and the annual productive capacity of marine resources.
The PM also listened to an explanation about the centre’s strategic programmes for the development of the fish wealth sector, fish farming and aquaculture, research on the marine environment and the protection of natural resources within the framework of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Speaking to the media, Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Eng Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al Subaie said the Aquatic and Fisheries Research Centre will play a strategic role in developing the country’s fisheries wealth.
“The centre has the latest technologies and will carry out research in cooperation with Qatar University on fisheries and how to create the best environment to ensure they thrive. There will also be research on how to save endangered fish. Fish farming projects will also be linked to the newly-opened centre in order to obtain the best results,” Subaie said.
For his part, President of Qatar University Dr Hassan Rashid al Derham said the university has always been committed to the environment and marine science, which is evident by the programme it has been running for 20 years. The university, with support from the state, also built research vessel Janan to advance research in the field.
He said Qatar University supported the Aquatic and Fisheries Research Centre since the idea was first proposed.
Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary of Agriculture and Fisheries Affairs HE Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser al Thani said the center will serve multiple goals that will benefit the environment and the economy. “It will help supply fish farms with certain types of fish to meet local demand. There will also be a method to grow freshwater fish such as Tilapia and other to reach self-sufficiency,” he added.
Head of labs at the research centre Dr Ibrahim Abdullatif al Mesalmani said the centre will be crucial to the country’s fish farm efforts. He praised the partnership between the MME and Qatar University to save endangered fish.
Manager of the Fisheries Department Abdul Aziz Ad-Dihimi said that the current self-sufficiency from fresh fish is 75 percent, and set to get to a 100 percent with the launch of the fish farms projects.