Business and Investment Opportunities in Aquaponics

Friday, Nov 20
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This one day class is for entrepreneurs, investors and individuals interested in starting an aquaponics business.  It showcases the business and investment opportunities that aquaponics offers.  Aquaponics fills the demand for local, premium quality, fresh food on a year ‘round basis. Nelson and Pade, Inc.’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems® have continuous production and continuous cash flow and the premium quality vegetables and fish are easy to market.

Nelson and Pade, Inc. provides a complete start up package with comprehensive training, science-based, proven system designs and long term grower support….all without a franchise fee or royalty payments.  Nelson and Pade, Inc’s patented system design and University accredited training programs demonstrate leadership and credibility in a rapidly growing industry.


•Greenhouse Tour (1 hour)
•Intro to Aquaponics (1 hour – classroom)

•Daily Operation (1 hour – greenhouse)


•Break for lunch (included)


•Planning and Startup of and Aquaponics Business (1 ½ hour – classroom)

•Grower Profiles: Success with Nelson and Pade Clients (1/2 hour – classroom)

•The Nelson and Pade Plan (1/2hour – classroom)
Better than a franchise
Patented, science-based system
Project Planning
Long Term Grower Support
Proven system and procedures
Operation manuals, SOP’s, GAP manual

•Next Steps (½ hour)

◦Project Planning

•Q and A (1/2 hour – greenhouse)

Includes: class materials, lunch, T-shirt, discount on additional training or system purchase


Who should attend: Entrepreneurs, investors, anyone considering a franchise, anyone looking for a proven system and procedures

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First Chinese Tilapia Farms Earn ASC Certification

Qingdao, 3 November 2015 – Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co Ltd have become the first Chinese farms to achieve Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification. This landmark achievement reflects the pioneering initiative and efforts of a few farms in the industry to tackle some of the major challenges facing tilapia farming in China.

The success of the farms and their respective processers Hainan Xiangtai Fisheries Co., Ltd and Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co., Ltd was celebrated today during the Sustainable Seafood Forum in Qingdao. The formal handover of the certificates was conducted by the  independent certification body that assessed the farms against the ASC standard, Intertek. The ceremony was attended by government officials, seafood industry representatives, NGOs and the media.


Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are the first among a number of farms that undertook pre-assessments with help from WWF China to see if they operated in a way that meets the ASC Tilapia Standard. A third tilapia farm, Wenchang Zhou Qinfu, has been assessed against the ASC standard and hopes to be certified soon.

Achieving ASC certification brings global recognition that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest tilapia farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd are operating in a responsible way. It marks the start of their contribution towards a global market for responsibly produced seafood.

Mr Yang Huaying, Deputy Executive Director Hainan Sky-Blue Ocean Foods Co. Ltd said: “We are pleased that Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest has passed the assessment against the ASC Tilapia Standard. ASC certification allows us to prove to our customers that we are committed to responsible aquaculture.”

Mr Liu Rongjie, President Xiangtai Fisheries Co. Ltd, said: “For us it is important be able to show through a third party that our ambitions towards responsible tilapia farming have been achieved. The ASC certification of Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd helps us communicate this to our stakeholders.”

Making progress towards a more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible tilapia sector in the Chinese aquaculture industry has been achieved through a partnership between ASC, the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) and WWF China. As a result the industry has begun to make real strides in improving the transparency of Chinese tilapia aquaculture.

Dr Cui He, Executive Vice President, CAPPMA, said: “I would like to congratulate the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd for becoming the first tilapia farms in China to meet the rigorous requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. CAPPMA has been diligently working with ASC and WWF China to promote responsible aquaculture in China. This is a major step towards responsible aquaculture in this important market.”

Credible and independent farm certification

ASC does not audit or certify farms itself; this is done by independent certifiers. The certifiers  have to undergo a rigorous process of accreditation by a company that is independent of ASC, Accreditation Services International (ASI). ASI also monitors the performance of accredited certifiers. Before certifiers can formally undertake audits their staff must have participated in an ASC Auditor Training course and passed the mandatory exam to demonstrate their full understanding of and competence in the application of the standard.

Chris Ninnes, ASC’s CEO, said: “These certifications reflect the substantial efforts of the farms to make real improvements in their operations. The farms were subject to scrutiny by a team of independent experts, which assessed them against the strict requirements of the ASC Tilapia Standard. This is a major milestone and they should be immensely proud of their achievements.”Throughout the assessment process stakeholders had the opportunity to input into the farm audits, with their views actively sought. This is a unique feature of the ASC programme.

The ASC Tilapia Standard development

Jin Zhonghao, Director of Market Transformation, WWF China, said: “The ASC standard for tilapia aquaculture was created by a series of open roundtable discussions coordinated by the WWF. The multi-stakeholder initiative involved more than 200 tilapia farming experts including producers, conservationists and scientists. The resulting standard is incredibly robust, built on scientific knowledge and practices aimed at addressing the key negative environmental and social impacts of the industry.”

By meeting the ASC Tilapia Standard the Qionghai Zhongpingzi Grobest Tilapia Farm and Chengmai Xingyuan Development Co. Ltd have demonstrated that they are well managed and minimise any adverse environmental or social impacts by, for example, focusing on the conservation and quality of water resources, no misuse of antibiotics, minimising escapes, compliance with strict feed requirements and meeting a range of social requirements.

Contact: Sun Brage
Aquaculture Stewardship Council
T: +31 (0)30 230 56 92

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC):

China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA):

World Wide Fund for Nature-China (WWF-China):

New Global Energy, Inc. Anticipates Record Year for Tilapia at California Farm

New Global Energy, Inc. (OTC: NGEY) (“NGEY”) (“the Company”), a public company focused on Aqua-Farming, Agriculture, and Health & Wellness, announced today that it has launched the tilapia spawning season at its farm in California’s Coachella Valley with a record number of fish. New financing commitments from outside investors mean the coming year should prove to be record setting in terms of the number of sustainable fish grown and ultimately sold on the company’s farm.

October is a critical month for planning and preparation since fish are seasonal and the new fingerlings will reach sufficient size from October through mid-November before temperature drops and will survive the mildly cold months of December and January. To help insure strong growth and because consumers increasingly demand healthy seafood, New Global feeds its fish a formula that is free of GMOs, antibiotics and chemicals and which includes the perfect blend of the superfood Moringa, nutrient rich algae, and a proprietary blend of other ingredients.

“New Global Energy is at the forefront of developing and implementing the most advanced, sustainable, ecologically sound methods of producing clean, quality seafood. Sustainable features of our farm include the use of solar electricity, nutrient dense fish food, water recirculation through ponds that contain plants that clean the water for re-use, and the nutrient rich fish pond water that is also used to irrigate the Moringa used for the fish feed,” said New Global Energy’s CEO Perry West.

Tilapia is an ideal fish due to its excellent taste yet less than 10 percent of tilapia consumed in the United States is farmed domestically. According to the National Fisheries Institute, tilapia now ranks fourth on its ‘Top Ten’ list of the most consumed fish and seafood in the United States. During 2010, the average consumption of tilapia was nearly 1.5 pounds, up from 1.2 pounds per person the previous year. A recent United Nations study predicts that unless something changes, most commercial fisheries will be producing less than 10% of their one time potential by the middle of this century. The United States imports about 86 percent of its seafood and only half is wild caught. The global demand for farm-raised fish is expected to double by 2030.

About New Global Energy, Inc.

New Global Energy, Inc. ( ) is a public company focused on acquiring high-growth firms, assets and properties in the Aqua-Farming, Agriculture, and Health & Wellness industries. The trading symbol is NGEY traded on the OTCPK. New Global Energy seeks to create sustainable projects and protect the environment.

About AquaFarming Tech

Aqua Farming Tech is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Global Energy Inc. and a leader in the seafood industry that has been farming tilapia in the Coachella Valley since September 1993. Its state of the art aquaculture operations are conducted from two farms encompassing 120 acres. As an industry innovator, Aqua Farming Tech was the first farm with more than 60 tanks, one of the first farms to build above ground cement tanks, the first farm to utilize a mechanical aerator to improve the oxygenation of its water, the first farm to develop and implement a method of recycling its water and the first farm to generate a significant percentage of its power from solar and the first farm to self-manufacture its own feed. Aqua Farming Tech is a fish farm/hatchery founded and run by Rocky French that is dedicated to producing the purest, best tasting seafood anywhere.

Tilapia Saint Peter’s Fish – The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes – Occurred Again Today

TIBERIUS, Israel, June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Israel Snir, who is recognized as the pioneer of the Tilapia aquaculture and processing industry in Israel and worldwide, paid a special visit today to the Church of the “loaves and fishes” in Tabgha (Church of the Multiplication on The Banks of the Sea of Galilee) to strengthen the hands of the local people. Snir brought a large consignment of fish and loaves to the grateful clergy.


Tilapia Saint Peter’s Fish – The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes

Snir said: “The move is meant to show solidarity with the pain of the church, in alignment with the preservation of this special place, and as a moral duty to express our opposition to the recent expressions of hatred and violence towards the church – and ask for forgiveness, though we have no direct involvement.

“I came as an individual, not on behalf of any organization but my conscience. I want to atone for the vandalism and to express the disgust and insult to the basic values ​​of all human society, with hopes to repair the damage to the reputation of Aquaculture in Israel, and to minimize further damage to the tourism industry and the degradation to Israel’s world image.”

After meeting the leaders of the church, Snir said: “Aggressive and violent, extremist fanatics hit Christian neighbors’ sacred site in an attempt to destroy a subtle but long-standing relationship based on mutual respect for human dignity – whatever our faith may be. They struck the church and its property – but not its spirit, they attempted to break the common faith that allowed for the harmonious life we have shared.”

Snir offered condolences, gratitude and sympathy with the pain of the church. “In recognition with the preservation of this miraculous place, we feel a moral obligation to say clearly that we are opposed to any expressions of hatred and violence towards you – and we ask for your forgiveness. We have come to revive the miracle again – we offer your church a symbolic gift of bread and fish!”

Israel is well known as the holy country due to its many places sacred to believers of Christianity, among them the Bread and Fish Church on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. But the church is much more than another holy site. Burning the church is a serious blow not only to the church but to many others all over the world for whom the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes is a source of faith, inspiration, but first of all a source of life.

The miracle, in simple form, as recounted in the New Testament:

“But, lest we cause them to stumble, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a shekel: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” (Matthew 17:27)

Israel Snir, who was born on Kibbutz Neve Eitan of the Beit She’an Valley, a pioneer of the industry in the country, took the Tilapia, established a first in its class industrial processing factory named “Dag Shean” which lead the way to the first ever Tilapia fillet product to be introduced to the US and Europe and to the creation of one of the major seafood products produced and consumed today.

Over the last thirty years, the fish, known by names such as Ammon, Musht, Tilapia, Saint Peter’s Fish, has become the most important fish species globally, grown and locally consumed in more than 100 countries.

Israel Snir

SOURCE Ronen Hillel Communications

Indian Government Support to Aquaculture Industry Raising Aquafeed Demand

The Indian aquaculture industry is one of the most promising industries on global scale. As Indian Carps has gained tremendous popularity among different cuisines, government is taking initiatives to further elevate the demand of Indian aquacultured species. The subsidies and assistance provided by the government for development of aquaculture has been driving its growth in the industry. Both the Central and the State Government have undertaken several policy initiatives and measures to boost the growth of fisheries industry of India.

Various initiatives like Development of Freshwater Aquaculture, implemented by Fish Farmers Development Agencies (FFDAs), is an important scheme in inland sector. In order to boost inland fish production, assistance in the form of subsidy is given to the fish farmers for construction of new ponds, renovation of ponds and tanks, on first year inputs (fish seed, fertilizers, manures, etc.), integrated fish farming, running water fish culture, establishment of fish seed hatcheries and fish feed mills, etc. Hence, the fish farmers are motivated towards culturing the fishes and acquiring the above benefits, thus demanding more aquafeed. Also, based on the expected growth in the aquaculture industry in the country, the demand for aquafeed is bound to increase in the future.

The report “India Commercial Aquafeed Market Outlook 2018” provides an indepth and rational analysis of the commercial aquafeed market in India. It covers market forecast till 2018 for the production of major aquacultured finfishes like carps, tilapia and catfishes, along with aquacultured shellfish. Since the aquaculture production is expected to increase in the future, the production and consumption of commercial aquafeed is also bound to increase. Thus, the report also covers commercial aquafeed market forecast till 2018, which has been further fragmented into commercial finfish feed and commercial shrimp feed market.

The forecast for production and consumption of commercial finfish (i.e. carps, tilapia & catfish) feed have been drawn till 2018. A section about the major ingredients used in commercial finfish feed and their inclusion rate to generate a brief understanding of the kind of ingredients that will be in demand has also been provided in the report. Further, an overview of the drivers and the government initiatives, which have the capacity to put the industry on a growth trajectory, has also been given. We have also identified the challenges faced by the industry along with a brief overview of the FCR of various finfishes. The report also covers business overview of various well known industry players.

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Aquasense Panama Commences Site Preparation for First Open-Ocean Farmed Tilapia

April 27, 2015PANAMA CITY, PanamaOpen-ocean tilapia producer Aquasense Panama, S. de R.L., an affiliate of the U.S. holding company Aquasense International Corp., has begun site preparation at its Gulf of Panamá ocean site in the Republic of Panamá, where the company plans to develop the seafood industry’s first-ever open-ocean project for farm-raised saltwater tilapia products for the USA market.

Las Perlas Archipelago, Gulf of Panamá

Las Perlas Archipelago, Gulf of Panamá

“Our project has been gaining traction since we announced it last year and, thanks to additional seed funding, pre-ops can start,” said James F. Reilly, president and CEO of Aquasense. According to Sjef van Eijs, chief operating officer of Aquasense, “We are excited about getting in the water for site preparation and we expect to do this work on time and on budget.”

In March, the company signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Miami-based Gamma Seafood Corporation, a division of the Alfa Gamma Group, to market and distribute products resulting from this innovative project.

Aquasense Grilled SW Red Tilapia

Aquasense Grilled SW Red Tilapia

Aquasense Panama is an early-stage aquaculture company with the mission of contributing to meeting the rising food needs of a growing world population in a sustainable manner. “We have developed a non-traditional farming method for tilapia based on our preliminary research,” said Reilly. “That research showed that, when tilapia are reared in the full salinity of the open ocean and given nutritious food, the result is a much-improved fish product in terms of both taste and texture. In 2007, we set out to change the paradigm of fish farming by bringing our operations to the pristine waters surrounding Panama.”

The project responds to predictions about world population growth and demands for seafood. “We see this project as a sustainable solution to a global problem,” said Reilly. “The U.S. Census Bureau is projecting that the global population will explode to 8 billion by the year 2020. The U.N. is projecting that the world will need an additional 40 million tons of seafood by the year 2030. With commercial fishing fleets unable to meet the growing demand, the only viable solution is aquaculture. Our mission is to contribute to meeting the rising food needs of a growing world population in a sustainable manner. We are very excited about taking the next step in bringing this important process to fruition.”

For more information about Aquasense and its projects, go to

Aquasense International and Gamma Seafood Sign LOI to Distribute First Saltwater Farmed Tilapia Products

Aquasense International Corporation (“Aquasense”), the U.S. holding company of the affiliate aquaculture company, Aquasense Panamá, S. de R.L. (“Aquasense Panama”), signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Miami-based, Gamma Seafood Corporation (“Gamma Seafood”), a division of the Alfa Gamma Group, to market and distribute the seafood industry’s first ever farm-raised, saltwater red tilapia products in the USA market.

Under this LOI, Aquasense Panama will supply the Alfa Gamma Group, on an exclusive basis an estimated annual 500 tons of ocean farmed tilapia to be distributed to high-end U.S. retailers, gourmet chefs and cruise ships, starting as early as next year. By the end of the first project phase, it will supply an annual 6,000 tons. All product will consist of sustainably farm-raised red tilapia, grown in open-ocean and eco-friendly production systems, located in pristine waters off the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama. The product will be offered only fresh, whole and filleted.

Aquasense Panama is an early stage aquaculture company with the mission to contribute to meeting the rising food needs of a growing world population in a sustainable manner. In 2007, it set out to change the paradigm of fish farming, by bringing their fish farming operations to the pristine waters surrounding Panama. Considered a non-traditional farming method for tilapia, their preliminary research showed that when tilapia are reared in the full salinity of the open ocean and fed nutritious feeds, the result is a very much improved fish product, in terms of taste and texture.

The Alfa Gamma Group owns and operates SQF and BRC certified facilities and fishing fleets in Panamá, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Suriname and Mexico. Alfa Gamma’s headquarters are located in Miami, FL within five miles of the Miami International Airport and 12 miles from the Port of Miami. Alfa Gamma’s 85,000 square foot headquarters include an SQF Level 3 modern processing facility that receives and processes 20 to 50 thousand pounds of fresh seafood per day, includes a 5 million pound freezer storage facility and is staffed with an experienced and dedicated sales and logistic force servicing customers in North America and abroad. For more about Alfa Gamma Group contact Santiago Alvarez at (305)888-6789.

Utah Tilapia Culture

It is illegal to raise tilapia in Utah

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) has jurisdiction over the species of game fish one may posses in Utah.  In other words, the UDWR must approve any species of game fish that a private operator may posses in Utah.  Their “Collection, Importation and Possession of Zoological Animals” regulation has classified Tilapia as a nuisance species and it does not allow importation or possession of the species in Utah.  Suzanne McMullin is the contact person for the UDWR at 801 538 4701.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has no jurisdiction in this regard.  If I can be of further assistance please call me at 801 538 7046.

Best regards,

Mark Martin, Manager
Fish Health Program
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

MSD Animal Health Holds High Quality Tilapia Meeting at 2015 Tilapia Congress

Topics Include Disease Trends in Asia, Sustainable Production and Health Management

MADISON, NEW JERSEY, March 26, 2015 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced a High Quality Tilapia Meeting to be held on April 4 during the Tilapia 2015 Congress, the 4th International Trade and Technical Conference and Exposition on Tilapia. Merck Animal Health is a Platinum Sponsor of the Congress, which will take place at the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from April 2-4.

“As demand for fish protein continues to rise, fish farmers need solutions that can help them ensure consistent and sustainable harvests,” said Norman Lim, Regional Technical Manager for Aquaculture in Asia. “Merck Animal Health has pioneered the development of tilapia vaccines in Asia, and we are pleased to expand our support through the High Quality Tilapia Meeting, to help fish farmers increase their productivity by taking an integrated approach to health management.”

The High Quality Tilapia Meeting will feature sessions led by industry experts and Merck Animal Health representatives on a variety of topics related to tilapia production, including disease trends in Asia, the role of diagnostics and genetics, and the benefits of an integrated approach to health management. Sessions and speakers include:

  • Session Introduction – Chris Haacke, Merck Animal Health
  • Tilapia Disease Trends in Asia – Dr. Chang Siow Foong, Merck Animal Health, R&D Site Lead, Singapore
  • The Importance of Diagnostics in the Health Management Process – Dr. Diana Chee, Aquatic Veterinarian, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, Singapore
  • The Role of Genetics in Animal Health and its Contribution to Sustainable Production – Dr. Jim McKay, Group Director, Science and Technology, Aviagen UK (EW Group)
  • Quality Healthy Fingerlings – Dr. Prakan Chiarahkhongman , CPF (Thailand)
  • Nutrition and Health Management – Dr. Minh Anh Pham, Aqua R&D Manager, InVivo NSA
  • Integrated Approach to Tilapia Health Management – Norman Lim, Merck Animal Health
  • Certification and Implications for Health Management – Michiel Fransen, Standards and Certification Coordinator, Aquaculture Stewardship Council

The introduction of vaccination in aquaculture has led to high levels of sustainability, productivity and improved performance in many major fish farming industries around the world. This approach to disease prevention has also allowed for investment in more efficient production methods and better feed utilization and formulations, driving sustainable production growth.

For more information about the High Quality Tilapia meeting, visit: . To register for the Tilapia 2015 Congress, visit .

Supporting Aquaculture in Asia and Beyond
In January 2000, Merck Animal Health opened a Research and Development Center in Singapore to develop high-quality aquaculture animal health products and application strategies for warm water fish-farming in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In July 2012, Merck Animal Health obtained approval from Indonesian authorities to market the first vaccine for tilapia, AQUAVAC® Strep Sa for managing streptococcosis, a prevalent bacterial disease that can cause high levels of mortality and sharp decreases in fish performance. The availability of the tilapia vaccine continues to expand through product registrations in key tilapia-producing regions around the world. The company also runs a comprehensive technical and educational program known as ‘Strep Control Your Tilapia Health’ to support the implementation of vaccination programs and integrated health management on tilapia farms.

For more information about Merck Animal Health’s aquaculture business, visit .

Tilapia Farming in Egypt

A 2014 report on aquaculture in Egypt presents some interesting information:

  • Despite the pressure on water, Egypt has the largest aquaculture industry in Africa with a market value of over $1.3 billion.
  • The industry now provides 65% of the country’s fish needs, with virtually all the output coming from small and medium-scale privately owned farms.
  • The main farmed fish is Nile tilapia and Egypt is the world’s second largest producer of farmed tilapia after China. Grey mullet and carp are also farmed, sometimes in mixed ponds with tilapia.
  • From small levels of production in the early 1990s fish farming has expanded rapidly while capture fishing has remained fairly constant, even declining somewhat after peaking at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Aquaculture is also important in providing employment to an estimated 100,000 people of whom 50% are youth.
  • With the exception of Fayoum, aquaculture takes place in the Nile Delta region and mainly around the Northern Lakes area.

Citation: Mur, R. 2014. Development of the aquaculture value chain in Egypt: Report of the National Innovation Platform Workshop, Cairo, 19-20 February 2014. Cairo: WorldFish.

An Industry Assessment of Tilapia Farming in Egypt
Prepared by:
Dr. Adel A. Shaheen, B.V.Sc., M.V.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor of fish diseases & management Head Department of fish diseases & management
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Benha University Moshtohor – Toukh – Egypt

2.5. Status of fish production in Egypt

Capture fisheries in Egypt are in decline due to; overfishing, pollution, illegal, unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU), relaxation in the implementation of laws and regulations, lack of interest in clearing Straits and waterways, poor sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture, illegal fishing operations of fry. In addition to the building of Aswan High Dam (that reduced the annual flood cycle of the Nile), the application of partial pond flushing, aeration and sex reversal are the major steps that contributed to the expansion,
intensification and growth of total tilapia production in ponds in Egypt.

The General Authority for Fish Resources Development (GAFRD) planned two-sided strategy aims to increase the productivity of freshwater aquaculture operations, while encouraging investment in marine aquaculture.

Finding more fish, between Egypt and Vietnam

A cooperation agreement between Egypt’s General Authority for Fish Resources Development (GAFRD) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) inked in May sets a framework for joint fisheries development. The protocol encourages researchers, trainers and quality control technicians in the two countries to share data, and calls for exchange visits of fisheries and aquaculture officials

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