Experts with Multidisciplinary Backgrounds
Understanding Terrestrial Biodiversity
Supporting the National Aquaculture Industry
Developing Efficient Food Production Techniques
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management

Challenge

Kuwait’s fisheries meet around 30% of the country’s demand for fresh fish. In spite of the policies implemented to manage the wild fisheries’ stocks, local fish populations have continued to decline, particularly those of Kuwait’s six most important fish species: zobaidy (white pomfret), sobaity (blue-finned seabream), hamoor (grouper), sheam (yellow-finned seabream), suboor (shad), and ngroor (grunt).

 

Goal

The Aquaculture Program works to bridge the gap between Kuwait’s fish supply and demand by strengthening the local aquaculture industry with technology- based options to enhance its competitiveness and profitability.

 

Program Thrust

  • Early Larval Stage Rearing Techniques for Fish Seed Production: Developing commercial hatchery technologies for alternative marine species with commercial potential by focusing on the quality and quantity of egg and fish fry production.
  • Grow-out Aquaculture: Developing cost-effective grow-out systems of market-size fish for commercial production.
  • Disease Diagnostics and Fish Health Management: Conducting research on  fish disease, health  and nutrition with a focus on challenges facing commercially viable aquaculture. The research include the improvement of food conversion ratio, flesh quality of harvested fish, disease prevention and treatment, survival enhancementt and fish health interventions, as well as probiotic/immunostimulant, and diagnostic applications. This is the cornerstone of the program.

 

Facilities

  • Marine fish hatchery and live food unit.
  • Shrimp hatchery unit.
  • On-growing section for growing marine fish fingerlings to adult size.
  • Fish health laboratories for bacteria, parasites, and vaccine applications.
  • Fish nutrition laboratories for feed formulation and proximate chemical analysis.
  • Water quality laboratory.