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ALBANIA

Seabass and seabream production in Albania is likely to receive a boost

Established company ďŹ nds new partners

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oday the picture in the case of seabass and seabream production seems rosy. A newish venture between Sheme Kondi, managing director of Almarina and an Italian company, Panittica, is likely to contribute to a significant increase in Albanian production of seabass and seabream over the next years. The collaboration between the two companies is deep with the Italian partner supplying fingerlings, feed and even cage-building expertise to Almarina.

Facilities are certified to international standards Sheme Kondi is no stranger to the fish farming business. In the past he had a collaboration with an

Israeli group for the production of seabass and seabream. When that stopped he found a new partner in Panittica some two years ago. Production has already started – the first batch of market-sized fish was exported in the summer to markets in the EU. We have everything needed in terms of licences and certification to export our products, says Mr Kondi. Almarina is currently exporting whole round fish on ice that are packaged at its certified facility in the nearby town of Orikum. We are certified by GlobalG.A.P., IFS, and have a HACCP plan in place, he adds, to demonstrate to our customers the quality of our products and to show that the company is a serious business partner. The main destinations are currently

Compressors used to fill the air cylinders that the divers use to maintain the nets and cages and keep an eye on the fish.

Almarina

Production from the aquaculture industry in Albania consists primarily of seabass, seabream, and mussels in marine water as well as rainbow trout in freshwater raceways. In addition, small quantities of carps (silver carp, common carp, grass carp, bighead carp) are also produced in freshwater ponds. Production of the main farmed species has moved in different directions over the last ten years, however total production stayed more or less stable in the six years to 2014, hovering just over 2,000 tonnes. In 2015 production fell by almost a third primarily due to a collapse in mussel production, for which increases in seabass and trout output could not compensate.

Sheme Kondi (left), managing director of Almarina, a company that is farming seabass and seabream for export to the EU, and Donato Pennacchio, sales manager at Panittica, a close partner of Almarina.

A vessel mounted feed-dispensing machine is used to deliver the feed to the cages. The company has two such machines. 

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