On the Algerian coast, artificial reefs for biodiversity

Artificial reefs to favor the return of biodiversity, threatened by pollution and anthropogenic action on ecosystems. This is the action put in place by the General Directorate for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Ministry of Agriculture in Algeria.

The first artificial reefs were installed off the Club des Pins beach resort and on the Surcouf beach, located to the east and west of the Wilaya of Algeri, respectively. In the first quarter of 2019, new reefs will be installed along the entire coast of Algiers.

Rabia Zerouki, Director of Fisheries of the Wilaya of Algiers declared that “artificial reefs have a great role in the reconstitution of the natural habitats of different fish species, threatened by the pollution that, in recent years has affected the whole Mediterranean”.

The relevance of these barriers was also found through the observation of the wreck of the English “Leads Town” warship, sunk, in 1949, off the coast of Algiers, at a depth of about 30 meters. The wreck has now become an area of ​​great interest in terms of history, culture, tourism, but above all a very important restocking site, which offers the optimal conditions for the life of different species of fish.

The installation of artificial reefs in addition to being very important from an environmental point of view for habitat restocking also plays an important role against the phenomenon of coastal erosion and trawling.


In Algiers, at school of respect for the environment

In the schools of Algiers it is taught to respect the environment.

The awareness raising initiative was organized as part of the activities implemented by the Antenne Administrative de Pêche du Port d’Alger.

The meetings began in January 2019, in the Wilaya of Algiers and are held every week in a different school in the city of Algiers.

The appointments aim to promote among the new generations, a greater awareness on the importance of protecting the environment and on the risks and effects of pollution on ecosystems and stimulate their responsible attitudes.


NEMO WEBINAR | The Algerian gastronomic tradition

WEBPORT continues to tell the gastronomic tradition of the Mediterranean communities.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, the Webinar “Tutorial on the preparation of typical dishes of the Algerian gastronomic tradition“, featured the community of Algiers, engaged in the presentation of four recipes of their own tradition. The meeting was also organized thanks to the collaboration of the Directorate of Fisheries and Fishery Resources of the Wilaya of Algiers and saw the presence of “Les jeunes de la pêche maritime” Association.

As always, very interesting was the exchange of knowledge and experience among the participants who were able to compare their gastronomic tradition with that of Algerian, discovering many differences but even more so many common elements.

The online meetings on the digital port WEBPORT are among the activities of the NEMO program, activated by Ciheam – Bari and financed by the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.


The port of Algiers is cleaner

As part of the rehabilitation program of the port areas in the Wilaya of Algiers, the operation of evacuation of the fishing port and of the tourist port of El Djamila, from the carcasses of abandoned boats, began on 5 December 2018.

The removal order was established as part of the cleaning task for the ports of Algiers entrusted to the local Commission consisting of the Directorate of Fisheries of Algiers, the Directorate of the Environment, the Company for the managing of ports and landing places (EGPP) and the National Coast Guard Service.

Five boats, abandoned for a long time in the port, have been transferred to the Zeralda Landfill Technical Center.

The port areas were then cleaned up by the EGPP agents of Algiers.


The Algiers declaration for the Blue Economy

Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, together with the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, adopted, on Tuesday 4 December 2018, during a ministerial meeting in Algiers,  a declaration for the development of a sustainable maritime economy (Blue Economy) in the western Mediterranean and to strengthen regional cooperation on the WestMed initiative.

WestMed, the initiative launched in Naples in 2017, involves 10 countries inside and outside the EU (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia) and promotes the economy in the western Mediterranean to generate growth, create jobs and provide a better living environment for the Mediterranean populations while preserving the services offered by the Mediterranean ecosystem.

Nasser Kamel, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, said: “The Mediterranean Sea has enormous potential and a wealth of resources that we need to optimize in a sustainable and collaborative way in order to promote growth, jobs and investment and reducing poverty while safeguarding healthy seas”.

Taha Hammouche, General Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture said that Algeria is involved in 31 projects covering the six priority axes identified by WestMed: creation of poles of maritime activity, conservation of biodiversity and restoration of habitat, sustainable consumption and production, development of sustainable fishing and aquaculture activities, development and mobility of skills, maritime safety and fight against marine pollution.


Algeria and France, together, for fishing and aquaculture

The Algerian-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized, on November 6 and 7, 2018, at the Sheraton Hotel in Algiers, the third edition of the Algerian-French meeting on fisheries and aquaculture, in collaboration with the Algerian Chamber for fishing and aquaculture.

The meeting, which is now an annual meeting for professionals from the two sectors, is an opportunity to share, exchange, strengthen economic relations, create partnerships and actively participate in the major projects launched by the Algerian authorities.

Over 100 Algerian companies and numerous French companies took part in the meeting with the aim of sharing skills, knowledge and promoting wealth in these sectors.


A training week in Italy

From 21 to 27 October 2018, the training course for ship owners, fishermen and officials of the General Directorate for Fisheries of Algiers took place in Tricase, at the MARE Outpost, peripheral headquarters of CIHEAM Bari.

Diversification of activities, transformation of fish products, food security and cold chain, development strategies, regulations and closed seasons were some of the activities covered by the training, through classroom sessions and visits many local companies.

The training course is one of the activities included in the NEMO program that aims to promote the sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal communities.

NEMO is funded by the General Directorate for Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and is activated by Ciheam Bari.


DJAZAQUA – International Forum on Aquaculture and Fish Resources

Thursday, October 11, 2018, at the conference room of the National Chamber of Agriculture was held the fourth edition of the International Forum on Aquaculture and Fish Resources, DJAZAQUA, which covers the latest and cutting-edge techniques in the supply chain of fisheries and aquaculture: health management and pathology, reproduction, genetics, nutrition, farming and environmental systems, sustainability, quality and transformation, economics and markets and new perspectives for the development of fish farming.

The forum, dedicated to operators in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors at all levels of the various sectors, was an opportunity to meet and share between the actors operating at government level and those working in private companies or in the field of research and university education.

DJAZAQUA was therefore a unique opportunity to compare the results of research and technical progress with the real difficulties of these sectors.


Plastic pollution and marine protected areas in Algeria

The workshop on “Plastic pollution and Marine Protected Areas” was held in Ain Benian on Thursday 4 October 2018, organized with the support of the General Directorate for Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and in coordination with the national network for the protection of marine biodiversity, PROBIOM.

The workshop, characterized for the strong participation of the actors involved in pollution and marine protected areas, aimed to encourage cooperation between the various actors in order to face the challenges related to the promotion of marine protected areas and the fight against pollution. model in Algeria for a sustainable management of resources.

The workshop saw the creation of an intersectoral and interdisciplinary commission composed of institutions active in the field of microplastic analysis and monitoring and treatment of these toxic waste. The objective is to identify the situation of these pollutants along the Algerian coast and to study their impact on the environment and on fish resources, in accordance with the monitoring strategy put in place by the fishing industry.


An EU delegation to Algiers

As part of the implementation of the program of the General Commission for Fisheries in the Mediterranean, the visit of the EU delegation to the fishing port of Algiers was held on 12 September 2018.

A working session took place at the headquarters of the Directorate General for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Algiers.

The delegation then visited the debarkation area, the fish auction and other facilities related to this sector in the port of Algiers.