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Supporting marine cage culture in the Islamic Republic of Iran

To improve national capacities and developing framework for marine cage culture development and management











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    Support Marine Cage Culture Development - TCP/IRA/3702 2022
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    The rapid decline in precipitation rates driven by climate change is adversely affecting aquaculture in the Islamic Republic of Iran The total exports from fisheries and the aquaculture sector are significant to the country’s economy and account for approximately one percent of overall national GDP This change in freshwater availability is leading the government to prioritize marine cage culture in order to supply the country with a healthy source of animal protein and an alternative livelihood The cage culture production potential for the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea is an estimated 300 000 150 000 and 450 000 tons respectively Notwithstanding the positive impacts associated with marine cage culture and their high production potentials, there are many hindrances to its development including insufficiencies in incentivising policies, management protocols, appropriate locally produced technologies and cages, machinery, marketing plans for cage culture production, relevant expertise and fingerling species Therefore, to address the aforementioned barriers, the project aimed to increased contribution to aquaculture production through sustainable management of marine cage culture and improve marine cage culture capacities.
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    Report of the Regional Technical Workshop on Sustainable Marine Cage Aquaculture Development. Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 25–26 January 2009 2009
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    The Regional Commission for Fisheries (RECOFI) Regional Technical Workshop on Sustainable Marine Cage Aquaculture Development, held from 25 to 26 January 2009 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, was organized in view of the growing importance and interest of this aquaculture sub-sector across the region. The workshop focus was on environmental impact assessment and monitoring, and aquaculture licensing for marine aquaculture cage systems and aimed at identifying constraints and shortcomings that requi red to be dealt with to support the development of the cage industry and facilitate investments from the private sector. The document contains a set of suggestions and recommendations with regards to technical and policy requirements needed to support the growth of the aquaculture sector as a whole and more specifically cage fish farming. The report also contains three review documents on marine cage aquaculture in the region, regulation of Norwegian net-cage fish farming, and a review on cage a quaculture licensing procedures prepared as background discussion papers for the workshop. With specific regard to environmental impact assessment (EIA) the discussions held at the workshop clearly indicate that there is a need for the region and individual Commission members to develop an ad hoc EIA format based on the conditions of the local marine environment. A proposed cage aquaculture licence procedure was discussed and proposed at the workshop based on the format developed and adopted by the Sultanate of Oman.
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    Capacity building toward sustainable intensification of oilseed crops in the Islamic Republic of Iran
    To enhance national food security through vulnerability reduction concerning vegetable oil
    2021
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    The Islamic Republic of Iran imports approximately 95 percent of its vegetable oil and protein cake, making it highly vulnerable to trade barriers and disruptions. Taking this into account, the country has prioritised an increase of oilseed crops production to reduce the current import levels. Besides providing a nutritious component of the human diet, oilseed crops production also supplies precious by-products including protein concentrates that are of critical importance as livestock feed for poultry, dairy, lamb, beef, fish, etc. These by-products are in high demand, and their importation is expensive. The country has taken steps to revitalise its national efforts on oilseed crops, focusing particularly on soybean, as an attractive rotational crop that has not only a relatively higher yield but could also add sustainability and resilience to irrigated wheat systems. At the request of the Islamic Republic of Iran, FAO is implementing a Technical Cooperation Programme to assist the Country in building capacity to harness innovations in sustainable oilseed crop production and integrate new technologies and conservation agriculture approaches into cereal-based systems in the country.

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