FISH FARMERS IN THE NILE RIVER DELTA: EMPTY LAKES AND DIRTY WATERS - MEGAN FERRANDO
8 May 2023
The Egyptian government’s recent together with sharp increases in household and industrial efforts to invest heavily in aquaculture, though intended to waste due to urban expansion, have heavily polluted most of address future food shortages, may only worsen the position of the water flowing through the Delta’s 53,000 km of irrigation local fish farmers in the Delta. [...] northeastern region of the Delta has remained about the same over the past seven years (around 1.7 million tons), despite the Most fish farms in Egypt are located along the northern edge of number of fish grown on each farm having tripled. [...] The lack of natural sedimentation, Beyond local challenges of pollution and urbanization, climate together with an increase in soil salinity and water pollution, change is adding more urgency to the already fragile position has severely affected the health and fertility of the soil, of Nile Delta fish farmers. [...] Investing in the climate adaptation capacities of Nile River important part of its working population and feeding into the Delta fish farmers by both the Egyptian government and existing state of discontent caused by the crumbling economy the international community. [...] This group represents an important piece of Egypt’s societal and economic structure, and the fact that they are currently struggling reflects the Megan Ferrando is a Non-Resident Scholar with the Climate vulnerability of the Delta’s ecosystems as well as the need and Water Program at the Middle East Institute.