Brussels motivates EU regions to bet on aquaculture

( Aquaculture is showing signs of recovery in the European Union (EU), after more than a decade of stagnation.

The sector had 4 percent growth in volume and 8 percent in value between 2014 and 2015, and its profits exceeded EUR 400 million euro. Currently, it is generating more value than ever before, assures the European executive.

According to the European Commission, strong cooperation with the national authorities to remove barriers to growth have led the industry to succeed. As a result, many governments have been taking steps to reduce bureaucracy.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella emphasized at the Farmed in the EU Regions conference, the need for even greateracceptance of the regions of the European bloc.

“Aquaculture can deliver local food and local jobs in an environment-friendly way. The planning, authorisation, and ultimately the success of aquaculture in the EU lie in the hands of our regions and Member States. We count on you to support investment in this promising industry”, Commissioner Vella said……

Aquaculture and urban farming key to UAE food security Abu Dhabi: The UAE will promote innovations in aquaculture and urban farming to ensure food security, a top official told Gulf News on Thursday.
“Aquaculture and urban farming have a lot of potential in the UAE,” said Mariam Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Food Security, on the sidelines of a press conference to announce the details of a global conference on food security to be held in Abu Dhabi next week.

Aquaculture is the farming of fish and other aquatic organisms in controlled conditions, even in the desert.
Al Muhairi said technologies are avalailabe in the market and some private companies in the UAE have already proven the viability of aquaculture…….

Cage fishing nets millions for community

When Nixon Shikuku visited Zambia and Uganda a few years ago, he learnt ‘how millions of money can be fished out of a lake’.

The idea excited him so much that he not only decided to venture into the activity but also asked members of his community to join him.

Shikuku, 45, an accountant, first approached his friend, Dave Oketch, and told everything he had learned about cage fishing from his travels.

And in August 2016, Rio Holdings Limited which is based in Ong’ukwa beach in Homa Bay County, was born with Shukuku and Oketch as its directors.

The company invested Sh5 million as capital for cages and other requirements such as feeds and boats.


The company’s earnings from the small cages in their last harvest stood at Sh28.8 million.

The small cages are harvested after every six months, and they’ve been harvested twice since the company began its operations.

The directors told Seeds of Gold that about Sh11 million goes to operations like purchase of feeds, paying owners of the cages the company keeps on their behalf and paying the workers……

Boosting aquaculture production in africa

For decades, investment and production of fish from aquaculture in africa has been at the minimal levels as compared to the rest of the world. It’s until recently that several african countries realised the social economic benefits that can arise from fish farming. Governments, local and foreign investors have set aside and invested millions of dolllars in aquaculture but still there is long way to go to achieve remarkable output. Alot of investment has been directed to the sub-saharan region which has huge untapped potential. Besides that, the number of aquaculture professionals in africa has been on the increase since 1990s – they have been trained in Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, The US, Korea, Japan, South africa…. These professionals work as academic staff in universities, government departments etc. On top of that, several countries are putting in place legislations in support of aquaculture and discourage fish imports.

The big question is, what are the current drawbacks towards significant aquaculture production in africa.


As Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry moves to greater production and extra-regional exports, they face an issue of critical importance. USSEC’s Southeast Asia Aquaculture Program has identified that there are still many in the aquaculture industry that are either unaware of or not paying attention to the international movement by buyers to purchase only certified product. Buyer pressure helped put standards and certifications into place to ensure seafood safety after several international issues with potentially unsafe aquaculture products such as antibiotic residues in seafood. However, the standards are also fostering an environment where responsible production and sustainability issues are becoming more important, which will move Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry in general from short-term production approaches to long-term ones. This fits very well with the USSEC ideal for promotion of a profitable and sustainable feed-based aquaculture industry that plans for the long term….(

Aquaculture without borders network

Our linkedin Aquaculture without borders network (AWBN) is meant to connect small scale fish farmers, communities , aquaculture professionals,government agencies and institutions to achieve our targets – sustainable aquaculture. Our solidarity will help in changing lives through fish farming in a bottom up appoach by channeling resources to the grassroots and empowering rural folks.

Join AWBN and share with us your experience and way forward in aquaculture development.


Challenges facing women in Aquaculture

Women have different roles in different sectors of the economy however they face many constraints. In fish farming, aquaculture without borders is trying to identify some these challenges in order to come up with practically tailored solutions.

Some of the constraints faced by women are:
1: Gender bias
2: Lack of basic education especially in rural areas
3: Lack of awarenes about their rights
4: Cultural believes
5: Lack of financial support to initial projects
6: Lack of knowledge and training in aquaculture
7: Lack of policies to empower women
8: Lack entrepreneurial skills