Improved tilapia breeding program in Egypt: A year in review

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Nabil Ahmed Ibrahim, Scientist at WorldFish, uses a digital scanner to identify a fish, which is possible because a passive intregated transponder has been inserted under its skin.
WorldFish Scientist Nabil Ahmed Ibrahim uses a digital scanner to identify a fish that has been tagged with a passive integrated transponder. Kate Bevitt, 2016.

In 2016, WorldFish continued to selectively breed and develop the Abbassa improved strain of Nile tilapia, which ensures that Egyptian fish farmers can reap the benefits of faster-growing and hardier fish and have sustainable, thriving livelihoods.

Fish genetics: A year in review

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Farmed tilapia

Faster-growing, hardier and more disease-resistant fish have many benefits for small-scale farmers and resource poor consumers. The development of new techniques for producing genetically enhanced fish breeds enables farmers to achieve increased productivity and income, and also offers an affordable source of protein for the rural poor.