World Aquaculture and Fisheries Conference

October 26-27, 2020
Tokyo, Japan

Sahar Fahmy Mehanna

Potential speaker for Aquaculture conference 2020 - Sahar Fahmy Mehanna
Sahar Fahmy Mehanna
National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt
Title : An overview of the aquaculture sector in Egypt: current trend and the development strategies


Fish production from aquaculture plays an important role in increasing the fisheries production globally. In Egypt, fish production through aquaculture has emerged as the utmost potential way to meet fish demand, food security, livelihood, employment and national GDP. Egypt is the largest African country and the 10th globally in aquaculture production, with about 1.46 million tons/year during 2017 (GAFRD, 2017). Most of fish farms in Egypt are located in the Nile Delta region and mainly fresh water. Furthermore, mariculture in the region is still at an early stage, even though in recent years a growing number of commercial shrimp farms and fish-farming operations using floating and submerged cages have been established and are encouraging new investments. Current practices for aquaculture in Egypt include extensive, semi-intensive and intensive aquaculture systems, integrated aquaculture systems, aquaponics and rice-field aquaculture, desert aquaculture and mariculture. Different freshwater and marine fish species are successfully cultured in Egypt; the most important species are the tilapias, followed by mullets and carps. Seabream, seabass, meager, eel, and shrimp are also cultured in a wide scale especially on the coastal areas of Mediterranean Sea. This research represents the trends of the aquaculture production in Egypt for the period 1990-2017 and evaluates its current status. The study describes also the obstacles that threaten the sustainable development of this sector such as the availability of seeds and food, the high costs of production and quality of products. The study proposes developmental strategies for authorities to develop and expand aquaculture sector, which could greatly support livelihood and food security in Egypt.


Prof. Dr. Sahar Fahmy Mehanna, is a professor and head of Fish Population Dynamics and stock assessment lab, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries NIOF, Egypt. Her research interest focuses on fisheries management, marine ecology and aquatic life conservation. She has up to 30 years’ experience in Fish Population Dynamics and aquatic resources assessment and management. She has published 160 papers including 96 in international peer reviewed journals, 7 book chapters and more than 60 articles in national and international conferences. She has supervised 40 MSc and PhD Theses and be the PI of 10 national and international research projects as well as a team member in another 25 projects. She is a consultant for a number of organizations, authorities, governmental bodies and agencies. She is a member in many national and international organizations and societies and many ministerial committees. She is an editorial board member in 5 international journals and reviewer for 25 international journals. She teaches the undergraduate and postgraduate in 5 Egyptian universities and serves as external examiner for many international universities like American university, India, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt, Kuwait.

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