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In the face of catastrophic climate change, Qatar aims to expand fish farming to meet the rising demand for fresh fish in its local market and to sustain stocks in offshore Gulf waters.

Qatar Develop Fish Farming
Image Source: Middle East Monitor

In the face of catastrophic climate change, Qatar aims to expand fish farming to meet the rising demand for fresh fish in its local market and to sustain stocks in offshore Gulf waters.

Fish farm production, according to a Reuters survey, is expected to avoid the depletion of fish stocks in offshore waters, where access is controlled by Qatari authorities.

Qatar Develop Fish Farming
Image Source: The Daily Q

While Gulf fish have adapted to higher water temperatures, the frequency and extent of coral reef bleaching in recent years suggests the area is at serious risk of losing its biodiverse ecosystem in the coming decades, according to Pedro Range, Research Assistant Professor at Qatar University.Global warming and overfishing, according to Greenpeace, could result in a 30% reduction in future fish catch capacity in Qatari waters by the end of the century.
In response to such forecasts, the Gulf state initiated a new food security program in 2018. As part of this plan, Qatar will produce 15,087 tonnes of fish in 2020.

Source: Middle East Monitor

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