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Almarina

ALBANIA

Seabream being harvested and loaded into tubs that are filled with ice for delivery to the packaging facility.

trout, species with which one of his Italian partners has considerable experience. Mr Pennacchio is more cautious, as he feels the most important is to know the market. Production of rainbow trout is relatively straight forward, he says, the problem is ensuring a market. The company’s seabass and seabream is currently destined mainly for Italy, but from there it is freighted further to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, so that Almarina already has a toehold in these market too. At the moment the production of seabass and seabream starts in spring when fingerlings three to five grams in size are put into the water, however, in September

and October as the water cools down larger fingerlings of around 20 g are introduced into the water as they are more robust and can better withstand the lower temperatures. By the time the new cages are ready Mr Kondi anticipates he will need a supply of fingerlings each month to restock the cages as they are emptied. To sell two or three thousand tonnes of fish a year will call for a stock of at least 1,000 tonnes of fish at all times, he explains. The major cost of any carnivorous fish farming activity is the feed and to contain this cost Almarina has an Italian partner with its own feed processing unit. Feed produced at this factory is not for the market, but intended purely for partner companies which, apart

from Almarina, also include trout producers. Almarina has accomplished much in the space of two years. With the support of the Albanian administration it has made the

investments, got the licences, established partnerships, and started production. If everything goes to plan aquaculture production in Albania is set to increase dramatically over the next years.

Almarina Or Srl Orikum, Vlora Albania Tel.: +355 68 4013389, +355 69 8296075 Managing Director: Sheme Kondi Production: Seabass and seabream Cages: 2 x 10 cages of 30 m diameter

Volumes: 1,000 t (2017), 2,000 t (2018 anticipated) Product form: Whole round ďŹ sh on ice Markets: Italy Customers: Supermarkets Employees: 35 (of which 15 on the farm)

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