Sidi Ifni: a $2.5 million program to promote aquaculture professions.

On May 26, 2021, the Norwegian Ambassador to Morocco and the FAO-Morocco representative, accompanied by the ANDA team, are on a field visit to Sidi Ifni to learn more about the ecosystem in which the project to support the development of aquaculture professions in Morocco will be implemented, which will help to instill new dynamics in the Moroccan aquaculture sector on the Atlantic coast.

This project, the first of its kind in Morocco, is part of a collaboration between the Department of Marine Fisheries, ANDA, and the FAO, with combined funding of $2.5 million from the governments of Norway and the Netherlands. As a reminder, the project entails the construction of a demonstration/training station for the production of fish and shellfish off the coast of Sidi Ifni, as well as the training of trainers, aquaculture workers, and technicians, in order to meet the sector’s demands and create new job opportunities for Moroccan youth, thereby reducing migration. Through the networking of Moroccan public and private actors with their international counterparts, the initiative also intends to develop Moroccan expertise in the field of aquaculture.

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COMITÉ DE GOUVERNANCE

Président de la Chambre des Pêches Maritimes de l’Atlantique Centre, Président
Directeur de la formation maritime et de la promotion socioprofessionnelle, membre
Représentant de la Direction du Budget, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, membre
Président de la Fédération des Pêches maritimes et de l’aquaculture, membre

COMITÉ DE STRATÉGIE ET DES INVESTISSEMENTS

Le Représentant du Ministère de l’Intérieur, Membre
La Directrice de l’ANDA, Membre.
Le Directeur des Pêches Maritimes -Département de la Pêche Maritime-, Président
Le Directeur Général de l’Institut National de Recherche Halieutique, Membre

COMITÉ D'AUDIT

Représentant de la DEPP, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances – Président
Représentant de la Direction du Budget, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, membre
Le Directeur des Industries de la Pêche Maritime – Département de la Pêche Maritime -, membre
Le Directeur des Affaires Générales et Juridiques -Département de la Pêche Maritime-, membre
Le Directeur des Pêches Maritimes -Département de la Pêche Maritime-, membre
Le Contrôleur d’Etat de l’ANDA, membre

La Directrice de l’ANDA, membre.

Strategic monitoring

To meet the needs of project promoters,the ANDA provides:
  • The major market indicators for aquaculture species in Morocco
  • A filtered and qualified flow of information to aid them in discovering new markets, suppliers, and the newest technologies to regulate sectoral changes in order to satisfy the objectives of project promoters.
  • Tailored monitoring by giving investors with customized information based on the channels and periodicities that are most appropriate for them.

legal advice

The ANDA makes available to investors the legal texts that govern the aquaculture sector throughout the legal and regulatory value chain. The aim is to provide operators with the knowledge necessary to ensure that their aquaculture farms are set up and operated in accordance with current rules and standards.

technical support

  • Examine the relevance and potential of project promoters’ proposed investments with them (selected species, siting area, etc.).
  • Assist investors in developing the original concept for their companies, taking into consideration their profiles, resources, and goals.
  • Provide spatial solutions to guarantee aquaculture activity is organized.
  • Collaborate with aquaculturists to develop performance indicators for their farms in order to improve project management and assure the long-term viability of their operations.

Administrative support

  • Investors’ welcome and orientation
  • Assistance to operators in acquiring the required authorizations for the establishment and operation of aquaculture farms through administrative procedures.
  • Assisting investors in making contact with different stakeholders (administrations, institutions, operators, funders, and so on) according on their needs.
  • Take steps to make it easier for businesses to invest in the industry.

Algaculture

Red Algae – Gracilaria gracilis
Gracilaria gracilis may be found in a wide range of warm and temperate waters all around the world. It is notable for its ease of propagation, rapid growth rate, great tolerance to a wide variety of climatic conditions, and economic worth. This species has cylindrical and branching filaments with a diameter of 0.5 to 2mm that form tufts or massifs up to tens of centimeters long. The gracile is the most often harvested agarophyte on a worldwide basis. Gracilaria gracilis grows at a daily rate of between 5% and 10% in Morocco.

Fish farming

Sea Bass – Dicentrarchus labrax – Insert a picture of the Sea Bass
From Norway to Senegal, the sea bass may be found in the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and North Atlantic Ocean. It lives in brackish waters of estuaries and coastal lagoons (in the summer), as well as coastal waters up to a depth of 100 meters (typically in the winter). It’s occasionally seen in rivers. Young fish are gregarious, especially during seasonal migrations, and form benches. Adults are less social. Sea bass are predatory fish that eat crustaceans, mollusks, and fish. In the Mediterranean, males achieve sexual maturity at three years and females at four years; four years and seven years in the Atlantic, respectively.


Dorade- Sparus aurata – Insert a picture of the Dorade. The only sea bream species now being farmed commercially is the royal sea bream (Sparus aurata). It may be found all throughout the Mediterranean, as well as off the east coast of the United Kingdom and the Canary Islands. It gets its Latin name from the golden ring that runs between its eyes. This fish can dwell in both marine and brackish environments, such as those found in coastal lagoons. It may be found on both rocky and sandy floors, as well as in underwater meadows. Adults travel to deeper waters during the spawning season (October to December). Juveniles move to the coastlines and estuaries in the early spring. This species is hermaphroditic. It reaches its sexual maturity first as a male, at the age of one or two years, and then as a female, at the age of two or three years. It feeds on mollusks, crustaceans and small fish.


Lean fish – Argyrosomus regius The Meager/Lean fish (A. regius, Asso 1801) belongs to the family of sciaenid, of the order Perciformes, of the class Osteichthyes, is one of the 18 species of lean fish produced commercially or experimentally in the world. The meager are eurytherm and euryhaline species that resist temperature changes of 2 to 38°C and salinity changes of 5 to 39, a power that allows them to enter the mouths of rivers and lakes in estuaries, where they lay and incubate. They are generally found in brackish waters and estuaries, living from the coastal fringe up to depths of 250 to 350 m, in clay sandy bottoms, and in some cases, rocky ones.

Conchyliculture

Oysters – Crassostrea gigas
The hollow oyster is a bivalve mollusk. The flesh (soft part) is protected by two asymmetrical calcareous valves. They are twice as heavy as water and are composed of about 95% calcium carbonate. The oyster usually sits at the bottom of the sea on its left valve, which is concave. The right valve on the top is generally flatter. It is in the anterior part that there is a robust elastic ligament that allows the opening of the valves. The adductor muscle that links the valves closes them tightly. This North Pacific species is currently grown in a significant number of nations with temperate or even subtropical climates. These locations are covered from the West Pacific to Australia, New Zealand, and the North American Coast, from California to British Columbia. It has also been adapted in South America, but particularly in Europe (France) and North Africa.


Mussels – Mytilus galloprovincialis and Perna perna Mussels are equivalents bivalve mollusks and very inequilational, their forms ranging from triangular to flabelliform, devoid of hinge teeth. The hooks are at the anterior end. The ligament is developed but the adductor muscles are vestigial. These two mussel species cohabit on the Moroccan coast and are typically consumed by riparian people. The Mediterranean mussel (M. galloprovincialis) is at its southern geographic boundary, whereas the African mussel (P. perna) is at its northern geographic limit.


Clam – Ruditapes decussatus The Ruditapes decussatus clam is a bivalve mollusk, naturally distributed in estuarine and lagoon areas in most of the Mediterranean and Atlantic basin. It lives in the sandy-muddy substrates of the paralic environments and the less agitated sites of the coast. Its optimum growth temperature is between 23°C and 26°C and its optimum salinity is between 32 and 40. It can withstand wide variations in temperature and salinity (up to 11). Clams are one of the most sought-after species on the European market. For example, in Morocco in recent years, stock abundance and density have declined due to a variety of factors, including variations in environmental characteristics, predation and mainly pressure from intensive fishing
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