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September 20, 2012 8:37 am

Israeli Technology Fuels new Fish Farm that is Europe’s Largest

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Israeli aquaculture in Kibbutz Ketura. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli amnon, known also as St. Peter’s Fish or Israeli (blue) tilapia, is quickly becoming a staple fish around the world, just like Israel’s fish-farming technology.

Last week, Poland opened the largest fish farm in Europe based, taking advantage of Israel’s high-tech methods that allow farmers to generate a larger amount of fish. Since tilapia tend to eat weeds, algae, and other underwater plants, growing them can also help keep rivers, lakes and even municipal water supplies clean.

The Polish fish farm was opened by the Israeli company AquaMaof Aquaculture Technologies, which has developed a system that breeds fish under controlled temperature conditions in any weather or climate environment, cutting energy costs by some 70 percent, the company said, according to the Times of Israel. The 24,000-square-foot facility should produce about 1,200 tons of tilapia annually.

This new development comes in the wake of an agreement signed in August between Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and representatives from Kenya and Germany for a mutual project to use fish farming technology to purify Lake Victoria, thereby providing clean water to millions of people. “While Iran tries to get a foothold in Africa with weapons, bombs and terror, Israel brings Africa progress, as well as agricultural and economic humanitarian aid,” Ayalon toldYediot Achronot.

“This is just an example of the difference between the fanatic ayatollahs’ regime and the Israeli democracy.”

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  • Ime

    In line with Frederick’s comment. I hope the writer will throw more light on how the technology is used to produce more fish. Moreover I am really interested in the technology as I am working on a Tilapia production facility. I believe this could be a great opportunity to move my vision to the next level. I am in Nigeria, West Africa and the potential for fish farming in Nigeria is really great.

  • Frederick

    The article mentions that the Israelis have developed technology to raise fish under ANY climate or weather. It’d be nice for the author of this article to be more specific on how they do it. Tilapia, for example, grow best at around 80-85 F–below 70, and their growth is severely hampered; below 60 F, they die. Israel has long been an innovator on technology related to this so I’m earnestly interested to know.

    The last sentence hurts the article more than it helps it, promoting a political agenda on an article about industry is nonsensical at best and discrediting at worst.

  • Bosco Dcosta

    God bless Israel . The chosen people. The god of Israel may always be with you’ll .