Leveraging Somaliland’s Blue Economy


Deqa Aden is A Pearson Fellow and Masters in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at The University of Chicago and a member of the Somaliland Professionals Association of America (SLPA). She is an alumni of the Abaarso School, Grinnell College, The World Bank HQ in Washington DC where she was an Analyst and most recently Manager of Hargeisa Innovation Hub.*

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Truly bewildering how much of an uphill struggle this is turning out to be. Perhaps would have been better of of investing in a single medium sized trawler with trained crew, than buying 20 or 30 lashes. People should be queuing up for fish in Ceerigaabo by now.

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Fish Meals

In addition to high-quality protein, minerals, B vitamins, and other vitamins, fish meal is a nutrient-dense feed supplement that also includes unidentified growth factors. There are several essential amino acids in fish meal. It is made from fish that has been cooked, crushed, dried, ground, caught by mistake, filleting waste, cannery waste, and other processing waste. Depending on the raw material utilized, the processing procedures employed, and the environmental conditions used, fish meal contains a wide range of nutrients. Fish meal typically contains between 50% and 60% protein, 5%–10% lipids, 12%–35% ash, and 6%–10% moisture (Tejpal et al., 2021). In addition to water-soluble B group vitamins including riboflavin, [niacin], choline, and vitamin B12, fish meal also includes oil-soluble vitamins like vitamins A and D. Fish is a great source of oil; thus, meals cooked from it often have 6%–10% oil. Fish, animals, and birds all receive energy from the meal’s oil. The growth and fattening qualities of this oil make them beneficial to fish, animals, and birds. Calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are among the essential elements found in abundance in fish meal, which is made from entire fish including the bones. In both mammals and birds, calcium is crucial for the formation of bones. Fish meal contains a lot of iron as well. Fish meal also includes trace minerals, which are essential for biochemical processes in the bodies of fish and birds. These trace minerals include iodine, molybdenum, copper, zinc, and manganese.