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EghtesdaOnline: FAO Representative to Iran Serge Nakouzi and Head of Iran Fisheries Organization Hassan Salehi on Wednesday signed a project agreement to improve genetic resources of Rainbow Trout fish in the country.

Signing of the project document is considered as the formal launch of the FAO project. 

The project will be implemented over a two-year period (November 2016 – October 2018) in Mazandaran province, the mountain and coastal areas along the Caspian Sea, and has the budget of 330,000 USD funded by FAO in the of framework a Technical Cooperation Program (TCP). The focus will be on the establishment of a selective breeding program for Rainbow Trout, reports IRNA. 

The Kelardasht Cold Water Fish Hatchery will be the primary location for the breeding nucleus and grow-out of genetically improved Rainbow Trout breeding candidates.

According to a press release published by the FAO representation in Iran, the project mainly focuses on increased availability of farmed Rainbow Trout in Iran with the expected impact of improved food security and livelihoods for people, especially those involved in producing, distributing and consuming farmed fish.

Rainbow Trout farming is an ideal option for sustainable use of water resources in mountainous regions of the country due to the fact that both surface and underground waters are suitable for this purpose. 

In regions such as Mazandaran and Gilan provinces where income-generating and employment opportunities are scarce, trout farming could help ensure employment and increase the income of the local communities. 

The FAO’s TCP project is also linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocated by the United Nations including SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; and SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Hassan Salehi FAO Serge Nakouzi Iran-FAO