Fishing Wealth in Sudan

Staff Writer

The Minister of Livestock Resources, Hafez Ibrahim Abdel Nabi, stressed the importance of the fish sector in supporting food security in the country.

During his visit to the fish farming ponds of the General Administration of Fish and Aquariums in Al-Shajara City, he said that developing the fish sector in Sudan is one of the most important priorities of the development ministry and that fish management contributes to the rehabilitation and training of technical cadres using modern methods to increase production.

The Minister praised the employees of the Department and the Development Fund for operating extension ponds. He said that this is a good step in advancing the administrative and technical work of fish in the ministry, which in turn will be reflected on workers in the fisheries sector and contribute to alleviating the burden on citizens.

He stressed the state’s endeavor to implement partnership programs with the private sector to support development projects in the country, pointing to the commitment of the Ministry of Finance to support the livestock sector in all its various sectors to support the national economy.

It is worth noting that the climatic diversity that Sudan enjoys and the availability of freshwater made it an area inhabited by fish wealth in large quantities. The total areas of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in Sudan are approximately three thousand square kilometers, in addition to 98 thousand square kilometers on the Red Sea coast; However, only nine kilometers are used. 

The sources of fish wealth in Sudan are divided into two types: marine sources from the Red Sea, and other internal sources such as rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, which include reservoir lakes, the Nile River, the White, and Blue Niles and their tributaries and the lakes surrounding them. Inland sources are suitable for cultivating fish and other aquatic organisms.

The fish wealth in the internal waters is estimated at more than 100,000 tons, of which the White Nile produces 82.2%, the Blue Nile 11.2%, the Atbara River 3.4%, the Nile 2.7%, and all the northern waters

The main sources of production are:

  • Lake Nubia
  • Lake Awliya Mountain Reservoir
  • Lake of the Roseris Reservoir
  • Lake Sennar Reservoir
  • Khashm El Girba Reservoir Lake
  • Lake Merowe Dam
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