Aquaculture

Overview

​Saudi Arabia is strategically located with a 1,800 km coastline along the Red Sea. It's access to the Red Sea offers ideal conditions for aquaculture and the production of high quality seafood such as:

  • Pristine water: 7.04 mg/l of dissolved oxygen (DO)
  • Low wave heights: 0.5 m to 1 m
  • Suitable depth: 20 m to 50 m of depth (depending on location)
  • Adequate salinity: 35 to 41 PPT (depending on location)
  • Varying water temperature along the cost: 18˚C (north) 38˚C (south )

​Furthermore, Investment opportunities have been developed to be ready for investors to start their aquaculture projects across 15 locations that have been identified by the government as suitable for aquaculture after rigorous exploration of the Red Sea shores. As such, the areas conform to the standards adopted in the Kingdom which have been issued by the Fisheries Department of the Ministry of Environment ,Water and Agriculture (MEWA). The opportunities are identified along the aquaculture value chain and are ready for investors, including feed mills, hatcheries,  grow-outs and processing plants. The identified locations are as follow:

 

  • Tabuk ( 2 identified Locations)
  • Jazan (1 identified location)
  • Asir  (1 identified location)
  • Makkah AlMukrama (4 identified locations)
  • AlMadinah AlMunawarah (5 identified locations)

These investment opportunities aim at:

 

  • Production of seafood such as Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.
  • Development of the aquaculture value chain

​The projects are intended to augment the current capacity 80,000 tons in 2018 of production and reach the target of 600,000 tons by 2030

​Saudi Arabia’s seafood consumption is expected to grow by 7.4% per annum until 2030. Growing local consumption, driven by population growth and increase in consumption per capita,  expected to generate an additional demand of  500,000 tons in 2030

Saudi Map

Tabuk:

​The investment opportunity entails establishing an aquaculture with floating cages system in Umluj and Daba in Tabuk as those areas are geographical and environmentally suitable for that opportunity, both regions have a network of roads connected to the Yanbu Jeddah highway, and it’s close distance to the sea landing home point, and its characterized by an easy access to the Red Sea coast.  

Daba which lies within the North West & Umluj between south of Wijha and North of Yabu over look the Red Sea with a climate characterized as coastal, desert and tropical affected by the presence of the Red Sea with a temperature of 36° in summer and 22° in winter.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 20 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

The projects lies on a total area of 1 km2 which consist of establishing 24 cages with the production capacity of 21 tons per cage, and a total of 500 tons for the entire project.

 

Jazan:

​The investment opportunity entails establishing an aquaculture with floating cages system in AlDarb, Jazan as this area is geographical and environmentally suitable for that opportunity. Al-Darb is a city in the Jazan region of Saudi Arabia that has expanded rapidly due it’s unique location. The region has a network of roads connected to the Jazan Jeddah highway, and has an easy access to the Red Sea beach.

Al Darb province

One of the governorates of Jazan region Southwestern Saudi Arabia located in the northern part. Al-Darb has expanded rapidly thanks to its very distinguished location on the entire southern area where it lies at a very important international crossroads; The Triangle intersection of Mecca commercial and service establishments, restaurants and car service.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

The projects lies on a total area of 1 km2 which consist of establishing 24 cages with the production capacity of 21 tons per cage, and a total of 500 tons for the entire project.

 

Asir:

​The investment opportunity entails establishing an aquaculture with floating cages system in El Barak, Asir which lies within the province of Tihama on the coast of the Red Sea therefore it’s geographical and environmentally suitable for that opportunity. The region has a network of roads connected to the Jazan, Jeddah road, and its among a close distance of the main sea landing point, and has an easy access to the Red Sea beach.

El Barak

Located in Al-Barak Governorate and is one of the governorates of Asir  on the West Coast Road Southwest of Saudi Arabia within the province of Tihama overlooking the Red Sea

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

The projects lies on a total area of 1 km2 which consist of establishing 24 cages with the production capacity of 21 tons per cage, and a total of 500 tons for the entire project.

 

Makkah AlMukrama:

​The investment opportunity entails establishing an aquaculture with floating cages system in different areas in Makkah AlMukrama such as Mastura village, Rabigh, Almazilif, and Qunfuda. All of these areas are geographical and environmentally suitable for that opportunity. The area has a network of roads connected to the Yanbu Jeddah highway, within a close distance to the main sea landing point, and have an easy access to the Red Sea beach.

​Mastoura

​Lies within the west coast, overlooking the Red sea, as the village stretches from the Red Sea in the west to the dessert in the east, it consists of seven valleys among them: Wadi al-Kalabi, Wadi Dan. the village of Mastura climate is characterized by a coastal dry tropical climate affected by the presence of the Red Sea.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation, Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​Rabigh province  

​Located in in the northern part of the Makkah area. Rabigh is one of the coastal provinces located in Mecca, it stretches along the Red Sea coast, it is strategically located on regional coastal axis of Mecca, Jeddah, Madinah and north Yanbu.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 30 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​Al-Muzailif Governorate

​Characterized by its strategic location, as it passes the road that connects the southern cities of Saudi Arabia such as Abha and Jazan and until Yemen. Al-Muzailif climate is characterized by a coastal dry tropical climate that is affected by the presence of the Red Sea.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​Qunfudah province

​Located in the southern part of Mecca, and considered as one of the coastal provinces in the region as it stretches along the red sea coast. Their climate is characterized by a coastal dry tropical climate that is affected by the presence of the Red Sea.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

 

AlMadinah AlMunawarah:

​The investment opportunity entails establishing an aquaculture with floating cages system in different areas in AlMadinah AlMunawarah such as AlHasu, Alrayess, Mastura and in North Yanbu. All of these areas are geographical and environmentally suitable for that opportunity. The area has a network of roads connected to the Yanbu Jeddah highway, within a close distance to the main sea landing point, and have an easy access to the Red Sea beach.

​AlHusoo

​Located in Almadinah area, and lies on the Shabaan coast among the red sea coast. AlHassa is characterized by its unique geographical and coastal location, therefor it is considered as prime land for investment in the aquaculture industry.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 91 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​North Yanbu

​Located in the northern Madinah area and lies along the red sea coast. North Yanbu is characterized by its unique geographical and coastal location, as a result it is considered as prime land for investment in the aquaculture industry. The climate is characterized by a coastal dry tropical climate that is affected by the presence of the Red Sea.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 40 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

2 locations in Mastura

Located in Medina area in Rabigh province between the Red Sea coast to the north of the province of Jeddah.

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 100 km & 103 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​Alrayess

​Located in the city of Medina in Badr province and lies on the coast of the Red Sea. Alrayess  is considered as a primary investment site for

​Aquaculture industry

  • The geographical location of the project is unique as it matches the required criteria and it’s located within 20 km from the port and the marinas as well the International and regional marine navigation. Chemically the site is compatible with the chemical standards approved by the Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture.
  • Breed of fish; Gilthead sea bream fish & Asian sea bass.

​The projects lies on a total area of 1 km2 which consist of establishing 24 cages with the production capacity of 21 tons per cage, and a total of 500 tons for the entire project.

Opportunity Details

Industrial & Manufacturing
Sector
Food Processing
Sub-sector
Red Sea Coastline, Saudi Arabia
Location
150m – 200m per project ( including capex & opex )
Investment size
Open to starting the project as soon as possible
Timeline

Investment Model

Model: Opportunity to consider different operating models
  • Pure private sector model
  • Joint venture with local player

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