Morocco's experience in the preservation of marine resources presented in Eilat

Morocco takes part in Eilat, in the 1st international conference on food production technologies from the sea and the desert. These works, which take place from October 18 to 20, were marked by the presentation of the Moroccan experience in the field of the preservation of marine resources and their sustainability, the preservation of marine biodiversity and sustainable exploitation.

This task fell to the Director General of the National Fisheries Research Institute (INRH), Abdelmalek Faraj. He thus reviewed the Blue Belt Initiative launched by Morocco to respond to the challenges of climate change, ocean conservation and the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture, in order to ensure the main factors for future food security.

This initiative, he said, aims to complement national and regional marine strategies by encouraging the transformation of jobs in the maritime fishing sector into sustainable activities that respect the marine environment while making environmental constraints arising from the effects climate change new economic opportunities to generate economic added value.

The Moroccan ocean coast, which offers 58% of production opportunities, is an unsustainable space, and the Blue Belt Initiative has come to develop sustainable means using the natural specificities of the ocean with the problems of climate change and food security, he noted.

Abdelmalek Faraj also noted that the objective of the Blue Belt Initiative is to encourage lasting solutions and strengthen international cooperation, adding that Morocco, which has accumulated pioneering experience in several areas such as smart fishing and sustainable fishing, aims to make the private sector a key player in the sector.

And to specify in the sense that Morocco, which has coasts extending over more than 3,500 km, is a leading country in the maritime fishing sector with a production of approximately 1.5 million tons, noting that efforts are also being made to develop the marine farm sector, emphasizing the creation of an agency specializing in this field, namely the National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture (ANDA).

It is in this way, he continued, that in ten years Morocco has invested more than 150 million euros to develop the infrastructures of scientific research on fish, indicating that two research centers and a center of ocean studies have been built, in addition to the reform of legislation to accompany the development of marine agriculture, the development of extensive management plans and the strengthening of private sector participation.

It should be noted that the international conference in Eilat aims to strengthen knowledge and technologies in the field of food production from the sea and the desert, and to promote research and commercial cooperation in this field.

In addition to Abdelmalek Faraj, Morocco is represented in this work Mohamed Idhalla, head of the aquaculture department at the INRH, and Majda MaĆ¢rouf, director of the National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture (ANDA).

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