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King Faisal University

Fish Resources Research Center

 About The Center

An overview of the center

The Center was established on 8/10/1427 AH to play a prominent role in research, studies and practical consultations in the areas of exploitation, management and development of living aquatic resources, whether from natural fisheries or through fish farming. The Center also works to raise the efficiency of its enrolled individuals interested in fisheries affairs. Students studying at King Faisal University increase communication and cooperation with the private sector by holding technical courses and workshops. Being a pioneering center in this field, it is hoped that it will assume a prominent position at the regional and international levels as well.

Vision, mission, goals and tasks:


Leadership and excellence in providing consultations and studies related to fish wealth development at the regional and international levels.

the message: 

Working to achieve sustainable development of living aquatic resources in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general, and in the Arabian Gulf in particular, through conducting studies and research, providing distinguished consultations, holding courses and workshops, and training those interested in specialization.

1-The center will be a point of intellectual radiation for researchers, as the center will be a forum for innovators and innovators in the fields of developing means of exploiting, managing and developing living aquatic resources under the umbrella of King Faisal University.
2-Finding ways to raise the performance and productivity of capture fisheries in the Arabian Gulf to achieve the concept of the highest sustainable yield, and supporting it through integrated marine aquaculture.
3-Introducing modern technologies in the field of fish production and conducting scientific experiments to find the most successful scientific methods for developing them and studying ways to localize and apply them in the Kingdom.
4-Developing bioeconomic models for multi-species fisheries, fishing methods and fish production systems to increase economic returns.
5-Studying the marine environment and its organisms and the impact of various types of marine pollution on them and determining ways to contain and remove them.
6-Supporting food security by finding ways to exploit non-traditional resources to produce protein from marine resources, such as algae and halophytes. 
7-Activating the partnership between the center and the community to achieve mutual enrichment by holding training courses, organizing seminars, conferences, seminars, and workshops, issuing research publications, and providing scientific consultations in the field of living aquatic resources.
8-Creating an information base that includes research, studies, regional and global production statistics, and information about researchers in sectors concerned with living aquatic resources, and linking the center to the Gulf Network and specialized global networks.


Conducting research related to fish resources.
Supporting researchers and assisting graduate students.
Holding training courses and workshops for those interested in the field of fisheries.
Providing technical and scientific consultations in the field of fisheries research.
Preparing and reviewing feasibility studies for fish farming projects.
Community cooperation and partnerships with sectors interested in fisheries.
Spreading and encouraging the culture of optimal consumption of marine life and raising awareness of the importance of preserving them.

Center services
Assisting researchers and graduate students in carrying out relevant research
Providing researchers and students with available samples and tools
Supervisory tours of farming projects
Guidance visits for interested fish breeders
Providing scientific and technical consultations
Cooperation and partnerships with relevant individuals and sectors
Training and providing scientific lectures 
Center departments
Marine Environment Department:

The Marine Development Department consists of 6 units
1-Artificial reefs and benthic environments unit
2-Algae and weeds unit
3-Biodiversity unit
4-Marine Chemistry Unit
5-Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing Unit
6-Diving operations unit

To achieve the objectives of the Marine Environment Department, these units adopt a number of programs, such as:

Marine Environments Rehabilitation Program
Marine Chemistry Program
Environmental modeling programme
Coastal Environment Programme
Department of Aquaculture:

It consists of the following units:

Marine aquaculture unit
Fish and crustacean hatchery unit
Fish feeder
Fish Diseases Unit
Ornamental fish breeding unit
Water quality unit
To achieve the goals of the Aquaculture Department, its units work within several programmes, namely:

Marine plant breeding programme
Commercial fish safety program
Fisheries Development Department:

The Fisheries Development Department consists of two units:

Fisheries unit
Fishing techniques unit
The two units work to achieve the goals of the Fisheries Development Department within the framework of a number of programs


Habitat protection programme
Fishing systems program
Inventory optimization program
Ecosystem based management software.
Center programs:

Aquaculture programme.
Fisheries programme.
Marine Environment Programme.
Center employees
Director of the Fisheries Resources Research Center

 Dr.. Youssef bin Ahmed Al-Khamis
Faculty members and researchers

Dr.. Rushmon Thomas Matthew

Research assistants

A. Rashid bin Saleh Al-Najadi

A. Raed bin Abdul Wahed Al Abdul Wahed

 A. Nouh bin Abdulaziz Al-Jaafari


A. Walid bin Ibrahim Jeevan​