Taking into account the advantages offered by the climate, location, coastal area, and market, the Kingdom of Bahrain has a good potential for fish farming.
The production of a variety of aquatic species has now become possible with the expansion of research activities and the promotion of the marine culture projects.
Due to its prime location, Bahrain is rich in shell fish and fin fish. Some of these have already been identified as potentially suitable for aquaculture development by the National Marine Culture Centre within the directorate of Marine Resources.
Fish landing statistics in the country indicate a steady scarcity in its supply of fish. Meanwhile, the demand and per capita consumption of fish products on the other hand, continues to increase as observed from the previous years’ production. This is mainly because of the rising awareness about the health benefits of consuming fish among the upcoming generation.
In order to meet this increasing demand, there is definitely a strong requirement of a share of investments in the aquaculture market in Bahrain. By doing so, the consumption need of the growing population of Bahrain could be met.
In the long-term, it is estimated that investment in the development of an aquaculture sector will contribute to the food security and self-sufficiency of Bahrain, as well as its ability to earn foreign exchange through the export of aquatic products from Bahrain to the rest of the world.
Key factors in the growth of aquaculture industry are:
Limited production and space constraints are the biggest challenges for the aquaculture market.
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