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Fish farming besdie the Gaza sea – Hay Baladna

Fish farming besdie the Gaza sea – Hay Baladna

Inside these basins, Gaza residents are raising fish Which will be sold on the local market A Mediterranean city, Gazans have always enjoyed The fruits of the sea, which are a staple in the local diet Today, however, fishing in the sea is not safe Fish farms have become a safe and reliable alternatives We know that the sea is short on fish There are no fish in the souk or in the restaurants Areas are not reachable, and fish died from pollution With the continued siege on Gaza Residents need local produce more than ever People say more fish farm projects are necessary To help with the shortage, because the people eat a lot of fish The Gaza Strip consumes more than 7,000 tons of fish per year According to a 2006 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Ambitious projects like fish farming Have never been tried in Gaza before They represent a temporary solution Producing and estimated 500 tons of fish each year The farms help in curbing the deficit of fish available Despite the start-up price tag of more than $150,000, the farms turn a profit This farm cost $150,000 to build This one alone produces 15-25 tons of fish each year Despite the farms, there is still a major shortage So it was clear that projects like this were necessary And after researching, we found it was entirely feasible We produce 12 tons of fish per year for market Our average fish is 400-500 grams Though it depends on the year, sometimes the fish are bigger This farm can produce 12, 13 or even 14 tons on a good year They say that the farms together will produce some 500 tons Per ton, selling fish to the market earns 20,000 shekels ($5,330) Fish is healthy, and it’s important to eat for the people It contains minerals, and some amino acids which strengthen the immune system The production system starts with incubation where laid eggs are stored Once the eggs hatch, fish are moved to a second pond When fish grow larger, they are moved to a third pond And when they are large enough, they are harvested for market Each stage takes at least 8 months of care and attention The pool for the first stage is a bit different from the others Its where the eggs incubate The fish are taken out of the incubators by the second stage And moved into regular pools The regular pools are like the ones you see here The final production farm pool is where we harvest the fish from Each basin like these produces about 4 tons of fish Though they are not easy to set up, fish farming is rewarding People say they find the fish delicious They say the farms help with the shortage We have more than usual to deal with though There are power cuts, and we often find that there is a shortage of female fish to lay eggs Before I started the farm, I bought a few farmed fish from the markets I wanted to see if they were delicious My family and I liked the fish, they tasted good So I went back to the farm a second time and bought more I checked out the farm, and thought how good it was The presence of farmed fish in Gaza markets keeps the overall cost low They are a boon for Gaza, which suffers from so many shortages With the sea only a few meters away, however, many say Such a paradox could be found only in the Gaza Strip. Ibrahim Qannan, This is our Country, Gaza.

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