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which is a quicker fish to farm than seabass as it grows to market size in 15 months, while seabass takes a little longer. The process of expanding the farm in preparation for the expanded production next year has already begun. With the help of experts from Panittica, Almarina is having two batteries of sea cages built. Each battery will comprise 10 cages 30 m in diameter. The site has the capacity for more cages, but Mr Kondi is keen that production does not exceed what is environmentally sustainable.

matter such as uneaten feed and faecal particles do not accumulate under the cages but are carried away. The decision to site the cages far from the coast was also influenced by the potential enactment of new legislation on AZA, Allocated Zones for Aquaculture, which is currently being discussed, but the main reason was the positive impact on the quality of the fish. A year after putting the first batch of fingerlings into cages, the fish are ready for market and the quality is excellent, according to Mr Kondi.

The cages will be moored semioffshore, says Donato Pennacchio, sales manager at Panittica, at a distance 2,000 m from the coast. Although the risks and the costs of both building and servicing the cages increases the further away from the coast they are placed, there are also benefits for the fish, for the environment, and for other users of the shore such as tourists. The depth of the water where the cages will be moored is 52 m, says Mr Kondi, and there are currents against which the fish must swim giving them more muscle and less fat and improving the quality of the flesh. The currents will also ensure that organic

Production of rainbow trout also being considered Seabass and seabream cultivation is only possible in the southern part of Albania from Vlora to the Greek border, in the north the sea is too open and the water too shallow. A number of companies farm small quantities of the two species for sale on the domestic market, but Almarina is one of the few to focus more or less exclusively on exports. However, together with his partners, Mr Kondi is also looking to diversify his production and is considering the culture of rainbow

Currently the product is distributed chilled on ice, but Mr Kondi expects to start processing the fish in the near future.

Italy and Germany, where the fish is sold fresh to supermarkets.

Entire production intended for markets in the EU Mr Kondi is aware of the need to distinguish his product from those of other suppliers of seabass and seabream and once he is producing to capacity he is keen to add greater value to the fish, by gutting, filleting,

smoking or otherwise processing. This year (2017) he expects production to reach 1,000 tonnes, which would be more than the combined national production of the two species, while next year the company’s production is expected to grow to at least 2,000 tonnes. Almost the entire volume this year will be exported to the EU, he declares, with only a minor fraction reserved for the domestic market. Seven tenths of the production is seabream,

The four chambers of the feed dispenser are loaded with pellets of different sizes which are then mixed in a pre-programmed proportion by the machine.




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Eurofish Magazine 5 2017  

Featuring Albania's fisheries and aquaculture sector, this issue also looks at EU and Japan's trade agreement while the fisheries section co...

Eurofish Magazine 5 2017  

Featuring Albania's fisheries and aquaculture sector, this issue also looks at EU and Japan's trade agreement while the fisheries section co...

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