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In 1988, the government established the National Aquaculture Centre (NAC) to promote the primary purpose of promoting fish farming in Malta. In 1992 a test nursery was produced for the breeding of Sea bass and Sea bream.

After 2006 the incubators have improved considerably and the professional farming of fish in farms became profitable. The NAC has since been renamed Malta Centre for Fisheries Sciences and carries out research into the hatching of various fish species.

There are 5 companies working with fish farms and working at 9 locations. That will expand in the future.

Breeding fish with a closed cycle system are, for example, Sea Bass (average 50 cm long), Sea Bream (average 45 cm long) and Ombervis (Perch, average 1.5 meters long). The eggs are grown in hatcheries and the fish are fed with dried food. Malta produces around 3,000 tonnes of fish per year at these farms.

Another method is the breeding of the Bluefin Tuna. During the May and June period, adult Bluefin Tuna is fished in the southern Mediterranean. The fish already weighs 70 kg. The fish is released into the farm and is fed thawed wet bait fish for 6 months, increasing the weight of the fish by approximately 30%. Malta produces around 5,800 tonnes of Bluefin Tuna per year at these farms.
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