On Saturday 16 Safar 1442 corresponding to October 03, 2020, HE Eng. Abdul-Mohsen bin Abdul-Mohsen Al-Fadhli, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, in association with Eng. Saeed Jarallah Al-Ghamdi, Director General of the National Center for Fisheries, Eng. Riyad Al-Faqih, and Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Suwailem from King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), visited the National Center for Fish Resources.
HE Engr. Al-Fadhli inspected a number of facilities and units inside the center, the most prominent of which was his visit to the agricultural project using sea water - the first pilot project to produce a number of agricultural products from vegetables and leaves using sea water and production of water from marine fish full of salinity and operate using solar energy. Al-Fadhli visited the marine fish production hatcheries. Director of the Center briefed on the ambitious program of the Center for the production of tilapia fingerlings in business quantities and the provision of a number of national projects with them as the center relies in its production on conventional methods and also uses closed systems in production processes. His tour and his delegation also included a fish feed research unit, which is one of the units that works on studying fish feed and developing highly efficient compounds in cooperation with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) – considered one of the programs of applied research initiative in which the National Program for the Development of the Fisheries Sector cooperates with the KAUST and the National Center for Fisheries.
At the end of the visit, Al-Fadhli and his delegation headed to the Fish Health and Safety Laboratory, where they read the contents of the laboratory and the sections it contains, as well as the services provided by the lab to aquaculture farms and projects in order to maintain the safety and health of the organisms cultured in Saudi Arabia. Al-Fadhli also listened to a presentation about the National Security Monitoring Biological Program – which is considered one of the programs run by the Saudi Aquaculture Society. At the end of the visit, Al-Fadhli thanked all staff and personnel of the center, wishing all success and praising the distinguished works. Al-Fadhli further stressed that the ministry would continue to support the aquaculture sector in all fields to be one of the important economic sectors in the country so that it will contribute effectively to achieving food security of Saudi Arabia.