June 17, 2015
Artist's rendering of the Shellfish Aquaculture Technology Research Center
On June 16, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco to provide grant aid of up to 1.2 billion yen for the Project for Construction of Shellfish Aquaculture Technology Research Center.
This project will construct a research center that focuses on shellfish aquaculture technology on the coastline of Amsa Bay in Tétouan Province and provide the equipment required to carry out aquaculture technology research. This project will establish shellfish aquaculture technology in the country by improving related research and development capacity, including for the production of shellfish seedlings at the National Institute for Fisheries Research (INRH*).
With an abundance of aquatic resources along its coast, Morocco has promoted offshore fisheries industry and related infrastructure development since the 1970s. Through increased exports, the fisheries industry in Morocco has developed rapidly, but with global awareness about the limitations of marine natural resources, the Government of Morocco has moved to set catch limits for resource management. Therefore, further development of the aquaculture fisheries industry is an important challenge as is promoting the fisheries industry which is fully dependent on natural resources.
This project will strengthen the research capacity at the INRH, which is in charge of developing technology research in the fisheries sector in Morocco, and is envisaged to establish shellfish aquaculture technology, including the production of shellfish seedlings, in a form appropriate to the marine environment of Morocco. The project is also expected to strengthen the relations between Japan and Morocco, a country that is diplomatically important areas such as the fisheries sector as a source of octopus, squid, tuna and other products destined for Japan.
* Institut National de Recherche Halieutique