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General Status and Growth Potential of Fisheries Sector in Northern Cyprus

Hasan Deniz Akbora*

Abstract

The island of Cyprus is a growing region in terms of the aquaculture sector. Northern Cyprus, in particular, is very weak for the aquaculture, although its environmental conditions are very favorable for aquaculture. While the number of fishers in Northern Cyprus was around 30-40 before 1974, the number of registered fishers has reached 1167 today. There are two existing cage facilities in the region, and there are no juvenile production facilities and feed mills. The amount of fish obtained from the natural stock with the fisheries activities are also limited. However, the amount of fish produced by aquaculture has been increasing since 2015 and today exceeds the amount of fish obtained from natural stock. The effect of the tourism sector on the increase in aquaculture and fish production is remarkable. In the country, for per capita meat consumption, fish product consumption ranks fourth. To increase the amount of fish consumed, a couple of suggestions made. This review has the most up to date data about fisheries and aquaculture sector for North Cyprus.

Keywords

Fisheries, Aquaculture, North Cyprus, Review

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