Posted by: Undercurrent News

Tunisia has received a delegation from the China Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS) to advise on a shrimp farming project near the Tunisian coastal city of Mahdia, according to an online post by the Chinese organization.

The group, led by the academy’s deputy chairman, Liu Yingjie, met with officials at Tunisia’s National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM) last month on Jan. 8. Officials from Tunisia’s Technical Center of Aquaculture (CTA) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) were also present.

The Chinese delegation provided a technical assessment of phase one of the Mahdia farm project and plans for phase two. The project is based on a 300 hectare site near Mahdia and includes a shrimp nursery and shrimp ponds covering an area of approximately 22ha.

The trip is part of a broader initiative by China’s Ministry of Commerce to support fisheries development in North Africa, according to CAFS.