Over the past five years, Saudi authorities have succeeded in attracting investments to local fish-breeding markets, according to the London based Al-Hayat daily.
Consequently, the number of the fish and shrimp breeding farms in the kingdom grew to 149 in 2000, up from 120 farms in the end of 1999. Despite the rise, a wide gap still remains between the production and consumption levels of fish and shrimp in Saudi Arabia
The deputy chief executive of the Saudi Fish Company, Bandar Bin Abdul-Rahman, said that average per capita fish consumption in Saudi Arabia had climbed from 7.3 kilograms in 1995 to 8.1 kilograms in 1998, reflecting an 11 percent rise. — (MENA Report)
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