Saudi aquaculture investments to reach SR60 billion

Updated 29 November 2013
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Saudi aquaculture investments to reach SR60 billion

RIYADH: Investments on aquaculture projects will be increased from their current level of SR20 billion to SR60 billion to produce one million tons of fish products in the next 16 years, a senior official of the Ministry of Agriculture was quoted as saying.
Jabir Al-Shihri, ministry undersecretary for fishery affairs, admitted that they are suffering from poor situation of fisheries in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea which led them to depend on aquaculture in the future.
He said the GCC countries used to meet and explore fish reserves in the Arabian Gulf waters and how to manage them.
Likewise, there is an organization concerned with the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden which regularity meets and explores fish reserve situation, fishing techniques and how to protect fauna and flora of the Red Sea, he said.
The ministry official termed aquaculture as new and advanced industries.
He expressed hope they would provide a global model in this regard, as did Norway and Chile, where they could produce one million tons of fish per year.
Most of aquaculture projects will come in the form of cages in sea waters close to the shore from where the fish will be transferred to nearby processing facilities and prepared for local and international marketing, he said.
The aquaculture sector receives enormous support from the government and being funded by the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF), he added.
Last week, the Ministry official said the Kingdom is currently producing 100,000 tons of fish annually while its consumption stands at 285-300,000 tons annually, which simply means production narrowly covers one third of consumption.
He said the Kingdom is, through an initiative made by the ADF in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and other government agencies, set to introduce new fisheries and aquaculture industries to raise production gradually from 100,000 tons in 2013 to one million tons by 2029.


Twitter co-founder Evan Williams leaving board

Updated 23 February 2019
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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams leaving board

  • ‘It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company’
  • ‘I’m going to ride off into the sunset (or...down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things’

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter co-founder and one-time chief executive Evan Williams is stepping down from the board, leaving the one-to-many messaging service to focus on “other projects.”
Williams will depart the Twitter board at the end of this month, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
“It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company,” Williams said in the filing.
“I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”
Williams throttled back his role in the San Francisco-based startup eight years ago, turning his attention to new endeavors including creating popular online publishing platform Medium.
Williams ceded his role as Twitter chief executive to Dick Costolo in 2010. Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as Twitter chief in 2015, having held the position when the startup was nascent.
Dorsey said in a Tweet that Williams was the reason he joined startup Odeo, an endeavor that led to him, Williams and Biz Stone creating Twitter.
“I appreciate you, Ev!” Dorsey tweeted on Friday.
“We’re going to miss your voice in our board conversations.”
Twitter has become a high-profile, and sometimes controversial, global stage for communication since it was launched in March of 2006.
“Thank you, @jack and @biz for starting this crazy company with me-and continuing to make it better and better,” Williams tweeted.
“I’m going to ride off into the sunset (or...down Market Street), so I can focus on some other things.”