How Trout Fish Offspring are Transforming Communities in Hermel, Lebanon
In Lebanon, RET is bolstering the resilience and fostering peaceful coexistence between Lebanese communities and Syrian refugees. Though an initiative focused on augmenting income generation in the agricultural and food production sectors, we’re proud to be working hand-in-hand with GATE Lebanon and the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) to achieve these goals.
In Hermel, Lebanon, we reached a major milestone: An incredible 1.7 million offspring found their way to 167 local fish farmers, representing a significant leap forward for the region’s fish farming industry. Beyond the sheer numbers, this effort was about instilling a sense of responsibility among farmers for the industry’s future sustainability.
An incredible 1.7 million offspring found their way to 167 local fish farmers, representing a significant leap forward for the region’s fish farming industry.
Hermel, endowed with abundant water resources from the Assi River and favorable weather conditions, including an ideal water temperature of 14 degrees Celsius for trout rearing, has long held the potential to become a fish farming hub. However, the distribution of 1.7 million baby fish among 167 farmers signals a remarkable advancement. The farmers were elated, as this marked the first time they received such extensive support, both in terms of quantity and quality. Each received 10,000 offspring, providing a substantial boost to their fish farming endeavors and instilling hope for increased income and self-sufficiency.
The success of this project is attributed to its transparent, community-centric approach. Ensuring that every farmer received the promised quantity of offspring built trust within the community and spurred active participation. This community-driven aspect is pivotal for the long-term success of such endeavors. Communities, in collaboration with key leaders and program participants, played a central role in the management of the process.
Moreover, fish farmers and workers were equipped with essential tools and gear to enhance their expertise and income. This support included gloves, goggles, PVC raincoats, PVC farmer suits, headlamps, winter jackets, fish-feeding buckets, and garden rakes. Such provisions not only encourage best practices in fish farming but also enhance the livelihoods of those involved in the industry.
Technical training sessions were also organized for Lebanese fish farmers and Syrian fish farm workers, with an impressive 50% participation from women.
GATE engineers conducted comprehensive water quality assessments in the Assi River at three key points: upstream, downstream, and mid-distance. This was crucial in evaluating water suitability for fish farming and identifying any contamination levels. Additionally, affected fish samples were examined to pinpoint any diseases impacting fish quality and reduce fish mortality. This endeavor not only bolsters the local aquaculture industry but also ensures the availability of high-quality fish for consumers.
Technical training sessions were also organized for Lebanese fish farmers and Syrian fish farm workers, with an impressive 50% participation from women. These sessions covered advanced fish-raising techniques, optimal feeding practices, and effective disease control methods. The training was expertly led by a seasoned fish specialist based in Hermel.
In summary, the collaboration between RET Germany and GATE Lebanon in the Hermel region marks a significant leap forward in the evolution of fish farming. It not only brings hope, sustainability, and empowerment to local farmers but also benefits the entire community. This partnership exemplifies the potential for transformative change when organizations work hand-in-hand with communities to achieve a common objective.