World's largest fish farm launches in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Aquatech's facility is part of its plans to produce luxury Siberian caviar
A spoonful of caviar.
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 30 Nov 2013 10:34 AM

The world's largest fish farm has been launched in Abu Dhabi as part of its plans to produce luxury Siberian caviar.

According to news agency WAM, Emirates Aquatech has launched the sturgeon fish farm on land covering 56,000 square metres under the aegis of Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.

Emirates Aquatech produces the luxurious caviar products in the farm under the new UAE brand name of "Yasa Caviar", with the maximum production capacity of 35 metric tonnes of caviar and 700 tonnes of sturgeon products each year.

The company said it uses the latest technology and best operational practices in the world to provide fresh products throughout the year, reinforcing the status of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as the world's leader in the production of caviar.

Mohammed Hazam Al Dhahiri, chairman of Emirates Aquatech said that the company was upbeat about the launch of the fish farm and Yasa Caviar as a new Emirati world quality product.

Last week, it was reported that Abu Dhabi firm Asmak  plans to farm salmon in chilled onshore pools at prices that can compete with imports flown in from Norway or Ireland.

Asmak, which already runs offshore fish farms, is harnessing technology honed in Scandinavia to set up the Middle East's first onshore fish farm in a bid to provide affordable alternatives to popular local fish such as grouper.

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