Fish Pens in the Red Sea

Sea Bream (Sparus aurata)

Edible Seaweed Can Be Produced in Marine Ponds

Mariculture and Aquaculture

Med Sea water pumped by wind power into energy storage reservoirs on the mountains of Jordan can also be utilized for marine fish production. Reversible turbine pump-generators can provide the stored energy of wind power for use when it is needed, while fish production is supported with the stored water.

"Ardag Ltd., located on the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba, is Israel's largest and most experienced mariculture company. A cooperative business, owned and operated by five kibbutzim in the southern Arava valley, Ardag today operates three main facilities:"

  • A Marine Hatchery, with an 8 million fry per year capacity
  • A Sea Cage Farm, which produces 1400 tons of fish each year
  • A Packing House, for deep chilling our fish and preparing them for world wide shipment
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"Recently, Akvaplan-niva undertook a full feasibility study for sea bream (Sparus aurata) production in the Sultanate of Oman. Based on this study the first aquaculture license for the commercial culture of sea bream has been granted and we are presently preparing the design, specification of equipment and construction drawings. The project will be fully integrated with hatchery, offshore cages and packaging/ processing plant. It will be one of the largest fish farms in the Arabian Gulf region."


In addition, fresh water from desalination can be stored in ponds for fresh water fish production, and that water then used for crop irrigation. Fish offer great promise for export income for both Israel and Jordan. As in many parts of the world, aquaculture production in the Mediterranean has been expanding rapidly over recent years.


"The development of effective fish farming projects requires technological input. Aquaculture technology refers to a wide variety of subjects and fields, which affect the performance of the fish or Shrimp farming project, and which must be taken into consideration from inception.

Aquaculture technology does not refer merely to knowing ‘how to grow the fish in the tank’. After all, the intention is to design and construct a sustainable and profitable venture, which will remain in operation over the years.

APT’s scope of technological input addresses numerous related issues, some of them are described herein.

Correct design of a fish farming aquaculture project should take into account the need to produce alternative crops in the same system. For example, various strains of a certain species, with different economic traits and marketing niches, such as various Tilapia strains, or 'Crop Rotation' by growing Tilapia in Shrimp ponds.

Correct design of the fish farm should ensure cost-effective operation and environmentally sound water system and water management. Using the re-circulation green water system the project benefits by saving electricity, reducing feed costs, ensuring high water quality and adhering to environmental standards. When fish farming is implemented near agricultural areas, the use of integrated fish farming and irrigation, add numerous advantages.

Fish farming can bring significant economic development into depressed regions, especially in less developed countries. Satellite Farming expansion is beneficial both to the private sector and local farming communities.

APT brings wide technological capabilities enabling a Total Project Approach to fish farming.