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Collaborative Shellfish Project Is A Success

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TUNISIA & SOUTH KOREA - The shellfish farming project, Bizerte (TAP), carried out in Bizerte, Tunisia with an investment of 1.6 million dinars (US$1.1m) has produced 500 thousand shellfish larvae, a big success for the project which is a collaboration between Tunisian and South Korean fisheries.

The project was set up in May 2008, in association between the Higher Institute of Farming and Aquaculture of Bizerte, Korea International Co-operation Agency (KOICA) and the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI).

Results of this farming were presented on Saturday 21 May in Bizerte by Mr Mohamed Chelfak, Co-ordinator of the project, who said that technologies brought by the South Korean side helped bring the maturity of shellfish larvae (commercial stage) down from three years to one year.

Tunisia can now produce 1.5 million shellfish larvae per year at a time when the global demand is witnessing a noticeable increase, he said.

Secretary of State in charge of Environment, Salem Hamdi, said Tunisian-South Korean co-operation has involved a set of pilot projects in the agricultural sector such as shellfish farming.

Mr Beyong-gook, Deputy Chairman of KOICA stressed the South Korean Government's readiness to support the economic and social development process in Tunisia.