Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced yesterday the opening of a fish farm at its plant in Citra as part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to improving the area’s ecological system.
The project, which was done in conjunction with the Bahrain National Guard Consumer Association, consists of a pair of fish farming cages submerged adjacent to the calciner and marine jetty at the Citra Calciner and Marine Plant. Within one cage is approximately 5,000 sabiti (a/k/a sparidentex) fish, while in the other cage resides over 10,000 sea bream.
Alba notes that the project is part of a directive by King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa for the country’s heavy industry to conduct projects aimed at food security. The fish farm also dovetails with Alba’s commitment to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s biodiversity program.
“Aquaculture is a leading method to grow food sustainably,” noted Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali.
“As an island, Bahrain is home to a variety of marine life; Fish Farming is the most natural and sustainable approach to protect biodiversity and maintain environmental balance. With the successful set-up of the Fish Farm, Alba has demonstrated that its Calciner & Marine operations are safe and favourable for aquaculture. The proceeds from this Project will be spent on Alba’s various CSR initiatives in the local community. We also take the opportunity to thank Bahrain National Guard Consumer Association for their extensive experience and guidance in developing Alba’s Fish Farm Project.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2019 Alba’s smelter produced 1,365,005 metric tons of primary aluminium.