The increasing proportion of the affluent population and rapid urbanization have led to a shift in the dietary preferences of consumers. Contrary to the less-diversified diets of rural communities, city dwellers favor a diet that is rich in animal proteins and healthy fats. Thus, the food consumption pattern is steadily shifting from carbohydrate-based staple foods to protein-rich diets such as fish, meat and dairy.

Due to the increase in population, affluence, and concepts of healthy living, the Qatari government took the initiative of domestic production of protein-rich fish.

The fisheries sector in the region is viewed as a key area to promote food self-sufficiency and increase exports. Thus, Qatar has developed a strategy to encourage investment in fish farming in the country.

Marine sites have been identified for fish farming in floating cages. Sites on the coast were selected for the establishment of farms in line with the recommendations of the aquaculture group.

Therefore, AQH looked forward to supporting Qatar’s food security initiatives of reducing reliance on imports from other countries and attaining self-sufficiency in fish consumption and protection of the species.

Samakna is a fish farming project in floating cages offshore in the northern part of the country. It is the first of its kind in the state of Qatar, and will provide more than 3,000 metric tons of high-quality fish.

Ensuring good quality product is of prime importance for the successful sustenance of Samakna. Our technical experts with wide knowledge and knowhow have established a high-tech feeding, growing & harvesting methodologies.

Our production & distribution lines are powered by state-of-the-art technologies and are fully HACAP accredited.

Our responsibilities reflect in our maintenance of fish stocks and the reduction of environmental violations towards fishing within the region.

Compliance with the environmental norms is our priority when producing the local gulf species through the advanced technologies we adopt.

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