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Algerian aquaculture: poised for growth

19 December 2018, at 12:17pm

Thirty-two aquaculture projects are currently under development in Algeria’s Boumerdès province, where the local authorities aim to achieve an annual fish and seafood production of 15,000 tonnes per year by 2020.

Current projects in the Mediterranean province include a sea bream farm with a capacity of 400 tonnes per year, and a mussel farm with a capacity of 120 tonnes per year. Meanwhile a farm in Djinet, which is currently being developed, is expected to produce about 1,500 tonnes of sea bream and mussels per year. A further two farms in Zemmouri el Bahri and Dellys are aiming for an average production of 200 tonnes of mussels annually each.

The Algerian authorities aim to culture 100,000 tonnes of seafood a year by 2020
The Algerian authorities aim to culture 100,000 tonnes of seafood a year by 2020

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The first of these aquaculture projects are expected to be launched in early 2019, Cherif Kadri, the director of the Fisheries Directorate at the Algerian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, told local news agency Algerie Presse Service. The value of the investments was not disclosed.

The projects are being developed by local investors, but they are also part of efforts by the Algerian authorities to implement the country's national strategy for the development of the aquaculture industry, according to Kadri. Under the strategy, dubbed Plan Aquapeche 2020, the Algerian government aims to reach an annual aquaculture production of about 100,000 tonnes of seafood. The investments are expected to ensure the creation of more than 30,000 jobs across Algeria, according to the strategic document.