Quriyat: The first stage of the aquaculture project using the floating cages was launched yesterday at the fishing maritime in the Wilayat of Quriyat under the auspices of Dr. Fouad bin Ja’afar Al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The project is supervised by Blue Water LLC a subsidiary of Oman Aquaculture Development Company. The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries said that the project is one of the first and leading projects by Oman Aquaculture Development Company for the production of 3,000 tonnes of koffer fish.
The two complimentary stages in the Bama and Dhabab villages in the Wilayat of Quriyat are expected to increase the production to 9,000 tonnes.
He pointed out that the fishing marina in the Wilayat of Quriyat will include a fish processing and packing factory, in addition to other project for production of fish feed.
He added that the project is expected to create job opportunities for the wilaya locals and will contribute to produce high quality fish using modern technologies in producing and exporting Omani fishes.
The first stage of the project, which cost RO3 million, includes 32 fish aquaculture cages of which 16 are 20 meter in diameter. Fishes will stay between 12 to 14 months at the cages to reach 400 to 450 grams each. The production targets local and foreign markets.
The second stage in Bima village in the Wilayat of Quriyat includes 32 cages of different sizes that will produce 3,000 tons per annum.
The third stage in Dhabab village in the Wilayat of Quriyat includes 32 cages that will produce 3,000 tons per annum.