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First batch of Qatari seabass fish from Samkna offshore farm reaches market

First batch of Qatari seabass fish from 
Samkna offshore farm reaches market

Tribune News Network
‘Samkna’ has announced the launch of the first offshore aquaculture project in open waters using floating cages in Qatar and the region. Samkna also announced its first local production Qatari seabass, aiming at enhancing self-sufficiency of the country in fish production.
On the occasion, Hamad Saleh Al Qamra, chairman of Qamra Holding, said, “Thanks to the kind patronage and wise direction of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to facilitate support to the private sector in the state, we were able to witness the first production from our offshore fish farm reaching the Qatari market.”
“Had it not been for government initiatives to support participation of the private sector in the state’s economic initiatives through partnership between public and private sectors, we would not have been able to complete the first project of its kind in Qatar and the region for offshore fish farming using floating cages technology,” he added.
Mohammed Al Qamra, general manager of Samkna, said, “We are pleased to announce the launch of the Qatari seabass, the first production of Samkna in the market, which reflects the commitment of Al Qamra Holding to develop sustainable economic projects that contribute to the realisation of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
“In line with the National Food Security Strategy 2019-2023, we started the trial operation in early 2019, and in June 2020 we reached full operation of eight floating cages with a production capacity of 2,000 tonnes per year of Qatari seabass as a first stage, through which we seek to provide safe and healthy strategic stocks through the optimal use of the natural water resources in the country,” he continued.
“Samkna fish farm is located 50 kilometres from the coasts in the Qatari waters northeast of the Ruwais region. The total marine site area for the project is 900,000 square metres and includes 16 floating cages for the cultivation of a diverse type of fish of high economic value for which there is a large demand in the local market such as the Qatari Seabass,” he concluded.
Al Qamra Holding seeks, through cooperation with the leading international companies in this sector, to provide the best technology available in this industry to ensure and implement the highest standards of bio-security, as the group puts quality at the top of its list of priorities to achieve successful sustainability and continuity. Therefore, a group of aquaculture experts was activated to set the highest international standards followed in this field using the best methods of nutrition, growth, harvesting, packaging and distribution.
Furthermore, Samkna has erected a factory on an area of 10,000 square metres in Ruwais close to the fish farm, which deals with all aspects of packaging and wrapping in cooperation with the most advanced international companies specialised in this industry to ensure that fish reaches the consumers fresh and in the least possible time.
The factory includes refrigerated rooms to receive fish at temperature varying between 0 to 4 degrees Celsius to maintain the highest bio-security standards that support the quality of the final product.