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WorldFish provided 100 Kilograms of its fresh Abbassa tilapia to be cooked by the Egyptian Chefs Association (ECA) at La Cuisine Festival held in Cairo, Egypt, on 10 December.
The festival saw 1500 guests from around the world to sample dishes from chefs from countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia, India, Russia, Mexico, in addition to Egypt.
Egypt is the world’s second largest producer of tilapia, producing more than one million tons per year. With almost all of the tilapia production consumed locally, WorldFish, along with other feeding companies and stakeholders of the sector in Egypt, are working on promoting farmed tilapia as an affordable, tasty and healthy source of protein for all Egyptians.
Malcolm Dickson, Program Manager for WorldFish said: “In Egypt, 27% of the population live in poverty and suffer from high rates of childhood stunting. This is why WorldFish is keen to promote tilapia as a cheap and nutritious source of protein for the poor. However, the market for tilapia needs to be expanded to all sectors of the population. Events such as La Cuisine, might make people think again about the type of fish they prepare for their families”.
This was the second cooperation between WorldFish and ECA after the first taste test workshop hosted by WorldFish on 29 August 2016 at the Abbassa Research Center. The first workshop aimed at introducing high quality Egyptian Abbassa strain tilapia to twenty of Egypt’s top chefs.
The Egyptian tilapia stand was sponsored by WorldFish along with leading private sector companies under the umbrella of the Aquatic Union for Fisheries Cooperatives.
Mohamed Gouda, Committee member of the Aquatic Union for Fisheries Cooperatives explained: “The Egyptian Tilapia was presented in four recipes which were a great success in this international festival. The Aquatic Union for Fisheries Cooperatives will continue its support for this fish along with the stakeholders of the aquaculture sector, by establishing the ‘Support Fund for Egyptian tilapia’. Its main role is to build the market reputation for tilapia and develop new aquaculture and marketing methods. In this context, a cooperation protocol with all stakeholders including research centers, aquaculture cooperatives, feeding companies and large fish farming businesses, is under preparation.”
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A series of high quality aquaculture training videos, designed to teach Egyptian fish farmers the industry’s best management practices, has recently been released.
Produced by WorldFish, an international nonprofit research organization, the ten short videos are being used to train local fish farmers in the most effective ways to boost the production and quality of farmed fish.
Available in Arabic with English subtitles, the videos cover all aspects of aquaculture from pond preparation and fish health care, to how to transport and handle live fish.
“These videos are good learning tool for fish farmers to show them the industry’s best management practices in a simplified way”, says Dr. Diaa Al-Kenawy, Research Scientist at WorldFish.
“Both the trainers and the farmers found the videos very useful because they explain all fish farming stages from site selection and pond design to harvest and post-harvest treatment”, he adds.
The videos are part of the Improving Employment and Income through the Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector (IEIDEAS) project, which aims to strengthen and develop the country’s US$1.5 billion aquaculture industry and generate more employment in the sector.
The IEIDEAS project is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, which aims to increase the productivity of small-scale livestock and fish systems in sustainable ways, making meat, milk and fish more available and affordable to poor consumers across the developing world.
Strengthening the aquaculture industry in Egypt will help to secure the livelihoods of over 100,000 men and women employed in the sector, and ensure an affordable source of animal protein for the millions of poor who depend on fish.
While the videos are targeted at Egyptian fish farmers, they offer industry tips that will benefit pond-based aquaculture producers around the world.
Watch the videos. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_5s5CPGqCKQtv15flpx4UKDltm3JyEIM
WorldFish, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, is an international, nonprofit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger through fisheries and aquaculture.
CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research centers who are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.
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An overview of tilapia culture by Leonard Lovshin, Auburn University. The presentation covers tilapia groups, origins, culture environments, feeding, reproduction, hybridization, grow-out, marketing, and global potential.
Tilapia are prolific breeders. With the proper environmental conditions, tilapia can easily reproduce and provide ample fish for home consumption or for growout for commercial farms.
Tilapia are classified as either mouth brooders or substrate spawners.
The members of the Oreochromis genus are maternal mouth brooders and are a common choice for aquaponics or aquaculture. In terms of popularity, the Nile tilapia (O. niloticus) is the most widely cultured tilapia, followed by Blue tilapia (O. aureus) and Mozambique tilapia (O. mossambicus).
The Oreochromis display an elaborate courtship behavior. After building a nest, the male aggressively repels other males that enter in proximity to the nest. When ready to spawn, the male displays a darkened color and leads a female to the nesting area. The fish then swim around the nest and the male will butt against the female genital area to induce egg laying. The courtship is often brief, lasting only a few minutes in many cases and seldom more than a few hours.
The female tilapia lay their eggs in pits (nests) and after fertilization by males, the female collects the eggs in her mouth (buccal cavity) to maintain them until hatching.
Other tilapia display different mouth brooding behavior. Sarotherodon galilaeus are biparental , with both parents brooding the eggs and defending the newly hatched fish.
The male Sarotherodon melanotheron is the parent that performs the mouth brooding, while the female leaves the nest.
Members of the Tilapia genus are substrate spawners. The male and females will build a nest and defend it together. A male and female will typically form a bonded mating pair and courtship can last up to a week, but usually takes place over several days.
Females will first lay their eggs in pits (nesting area) dug in the bottom of a lake or pond. You can simulate this condition in a tank by adding some substrate (e.g. gravel) which allows the tilapia to evacuate a nesting area. The male will then spawn and fertilize the eggs. After fertilization, the parents guard the eggs, chasing away predators and making sure proper aeration is maintained for hatching.
Tilapia rendalli and Tilapia zillii are two popular commercially-raised species that are substrate spawners.
Through a selective breeding program in Egypt spanning over 10 years, WorldFish has developed the Abbassa strain that grows 28% faster and heavier than the most commonly used commercial strain in the country, the Kafr El Shaikh strain. Similarly, in Ghana the Water Research Institute (WRI), in partnership with WorldFish, has developed the Akosombo strain, which grows 30% faster than non-improved tilapia. WRI was awarded winner of the National Best Agricultural Researcher Award during the 28th National Farmers Day 2012 celebration in Ghana for the development of the Akosombo strain.