The remarks were made during an interview with Al-Ekhbarya, an Arabic news and current affairs TV channel. According to reporting in The Saudi Gazette, Al-Shaikhi said that Saudi Arabia would reach its aquaculture production goal after joining the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), the largest international organisation in the sector.
NACA was formed by an international treaty and signed in Bangkok in January 1988. The organisation aims to raise the profile and recognise the importance of aquaculture and fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region. It also maintains a network of aquaculture centres and has made significant contributions to the development of the sector in Asia.
Al-Shaikhi said that there are several international organisations and research centres that previously worked in aquaculture, but the kingdom’s ascension to NACA places it on a strategic path, allowing Saudi Arabia to join forces with countries that produce more than 90 percent of the world’s aquaculture output.