Photos credit: Abdallh Elmgawshi (Libya)
Review: Abdallh Elmgawshi and Abdel Rahman El Gamal (Founder of the website)
The inserted pictures have been taken at Farwa Fish Hatchery Complex sometime before 2011. The establishment of this hatchery complex targeted the development of marine aquaculture in Libya focusing mainly on the spawning and grow-out of gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata and European seabass (Dicentrachus labrax). The complex is located at Farwa lagoon the Tunisian border.
The Farwa complex started its activities in 2005 upon receiving eyed seabream eggs from Marine Biology Research Centre (MBRC) in Tajura along with importing seabream larvae from France. As a result, about one-half million fry were distributed to farmers. In 2008 the Farwa Hatchery Complex produced seabass and gilthead seabream fry and distributed to farmers with low price. The broodstock of gilthead seabream was acquired from Ras El Helal farm, while European seabass broodstock was provided by MBRC.
The hatchery complex has been highly equipped with the overall construction and infrastructure having necessary equipment with optimum capacity along with standbys whenever applicable. Hatchery facility included the spawning tanks, nursing tanks, natural food facility and others. The complex is also furnished with primary fattening concrete tanks equipped with a filtration system. Added to that, the facility has two floating cages with 12.5 m diameter and 2-m deep for final European seabass fattening. The supporting facilities and equipment serving such complex include wells, water pumps, power system, generators, oxygen pumps, desalination station, and others.