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28 Jun 2020

Minister of State for Food Security launches UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 guideline

Emirates News Agency

"Aquaculture is a core component of the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy," asserted Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, while launching the UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 – a document set to serve as a reference point, outlining and evaluating investment opportunities in the local aquaculture sector.

Almheiri launched the new project during a virtual meeting organised by the Food Security Office jointly with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, today, to discuss "Supporting Sustainable and Innovative Aquaculture in the UAE". The UAE Aquaculture Pulse 2020 studies consumption patterns in local and international markets, analysing production quality and size as well as prices and availability to support future investments in aquaculture projects in the UAE.

"The aquaculture sector offers promising opportunities to increase local food production," Almheiri said. "There are significant economic benefits to capitalise on as investments expand in this vital industry, not least of which is enhancing the country’s marine resources, ensuring their sustainability, and supporting efforts to providing sufficient, healthy, and safe food for everyone."

"The sector promises to be an important source of high-value protein as our population steadily grows, given that the UAE currently imports 70 percent of its fish annually. It is a good use of our water resources (mainly marine water) and aligns with national aspirations to achieve sustainability in all areas."

"The UAE has what it takes to become a regional hub for hi-tech aquaculture, having already established several leading facilities, such as the Sheikh Khalifa Marine Research Centre which is currently under expansion," Mariam Almheiri noted.

"The government has worked to facilitate investments in the sector, in partnership with various local and international entities. The newly launched Aquaculture Pulse 2020 supports investors to attract investment opportunities in the field. The document is set to be periodically updated to reflect the changes in the industry."

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