With the aim of developing fisheries in Lake Qalaat al-Madiq in the northwestern Hama countryside, 40,000 fingerling fish were cultured in it, in cooperation between the General Authority for the Management and Development of Al-Ghab and the General Authority for Fisheries.
In statements to SANA, Director of the General Authority for Fish Resources and Aquarium, Dr. Abdul Latif Al-Ali, stressed that the purpose of fingerling farming is to rehabilitate fisheries, secure fish meat for the local community and increase job opportunities for citizens.
He indicated that this step came within the framework of a set of measures to reactivate private and public farms and increase local production of fish, calling on the people of the region to help the authority in preserving the fingerlings that will enter into production during the next few months and protect the lake from overfishing and encroachment on the farmed fish wealth.
Ibrahim Ibrahim, head of Qalaat al-Madiq city council, pointed to the importance of the fingerling farming project to revive and revive fisheries in the lake, as this wealth witnessed a decline in production during the years of the terrorist war on Syria.
Muhammad Hussein Salloum, the mayor of Qalaat al-Madiq, pointed out that Lake al-Qalaa was distinguished by fish farming and its abundant production and marketing on a large scale during the last period. However, the terrorist sabotage that targeted the area led to the drying up of the lakes and the sabotage of a number of fish farms, stressing the importance of the farming process to revive this wealth.
Director of the General Authority for the Management and Development of the Forest, Eng. Awfa Wassouf explained that the process of culturing fingerlings is achieving an increase in the income of families working in fish farming in the region.
Engineer Mahmoud Issa, Director of the Central Region Branch for Fisheries and Aquarium, stressed the importance of Qalaat al-Madiq Lake and the important role of this farming, which comes within the “Cultivation of Water Bodies for Public Water” program with the aim of supporting and supplying the fisheries sector and compensating for losses as a result of overfishing, explaining that the cultivated species included general distress and comb The Apamea Dam will also be planted with 60,000 fingerlings of common and comb fish, and the Ain Al-Taqa lake will be planted with 30,000 fingerlings.
He pointed out that the second program will include moving to the western sector to cultivate Pool Goren with fish of general distress only because of its cold water, as this species can withstand harsh weather conditions, with the cultivation of bell pond within the water bodies cultivation program, stressing that the program is periodic, effective and continuous with the aim of supplying public water with fingerlings of common distress fish and comb.
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