KISR re­leases 165,000 fish in bid to boost food se­cu­rity

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Kuwait In­sti­tute for Sci­en­tific Re­search (KISR) has re­leased around 165,000 fish into ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters in ef­forts to en­hance food se­cu­rity. In a speech yes­ter­day dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony for a cam­paign aim­ing to boost fish stocks, KISR’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr Samira Al-Sayed said that sim­i­lar mea­sures will con­tinue to en­sure suf­fi­cient fish stocks. More­over, she noted that there has been an acute short­age of fish stocks as a re­sult of en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and pop­u­la­tion growth, adding that the en­deavor was car­ried out in a span of three months.

On the project, Sayed said that the ob­jec­tive is to gen­er­ate aware­ness on the need to re­store en­vi­ron­men­tal rich­ness, not­ing that KISR is in need of lo­gis­ti­cal and pe­cu­niary sup­port in or­der to bring its goal of boost­ing fish stocks to fruition.

Mean­while, head of Kuwait Na­tional Petroleum Com­pany’s (KNPC) pub­lic re­la­tions depart­ment Khaled Al-Enezi cited con­certed ef­forts by the gov­ern­ment to un­der­take this ini­tia­tive. “This is a longterm project that aims to in­crease the fish pop­u­la­tion in Kuwaiti ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters, which would in turn, en­sure food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.” With a rich mar­itime tra­di­tion, seafood such as fish is a sta­ple of the Kuwaiti diet. —KUNA


KUWAIT: KISR’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr Samira Al-Sayed (cen­ter) par­tic­i­pates in a cam­paign to re­lease around 165,000 fish into ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters.

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