Fish is an important food source in Egypt and accounts for 25.3 percent of the average household’s protein intake.
Aquaculture is the primary source of fish production in Egypt, which in 2014 recorded production of over 1.1 million metric tons, or around three-quarters of the country’s total fish production. In the same year, fisheries produced 344,791 metric tons. The sector provides employment for 816,000 people (150,000 in the aquaculture value chain and 666,000 in fisheries).
Tilapia is the most farmed fish species in the country. The majority of the country’s fish production is consumed domestically, providing the equivalent of one fish per person per week.
Since launching our research program in Egypt in 1998, WorldFish has delivered high quality, practical research related to the country’s aquaculture and fishery sector. A key focus has been improving fish genetics to transform Egypt into a role model for African aquaculture development.
We work closely with aquaculture stakeholders, the private sector and government organizations to increase aquaculture productivity, increasing the flow-on benefits of fish farming to women and youth, and enhance fish value chains.