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Aquaculture Techniques Workshop, An Alternative Economy and Career Opportunities

The Department of Zoology, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water, organized a workshop entitled "Fish Farming Techniques-Alternative Economy and Career Opportunities" within the framework of its scientific and societal discussions for its newly proposed academic program “Fish Farming Techniques”. This program is considered the first specialized program in Saudi universities aiming to award a bachelor's degree in this vital field of application, which copes with the vision of the Kingdom. The workshop started with an opening speech by Dr. Bader bin Abdullah Al-Dahmash, Zoology Department Chairman, in which he welcomed the guests and the audience and wished them success. Secondly, the speech of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture was delivered by Eng. Ali Al-Sheikh, General Director of the General Department of Fisheries, who praised the initiative to launch the program and to hold the workshop, and he called for constructive cooperation between the university and the ministry for the benefit of the kingdom. Furthermore, Dr. Elsayed Younis, Determinant of Academic Programs Committee, presented a fruitful explanation about the proposed academic program. Then the workshop included lectures presented by Eng. Mohamed Othaibi, Secretary General of the Saudi Society for Aquaculture under the title “The nutritional characteristics of fish, and its importance to humans), as well as a lecture by Eng. Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Director of the Internal Water Research Division at the Ministry under the title "Aquaculture in the Kingdom between Reality and Future Prospects". The workshop was concluded with a lecture by Dr. Saud Al Otaibi, owner and CEO of Desert Fish Company, under the title (fish farming industry). Finally, open discussions were held, where the views and recommendations were presented about the proposed program plan.