Fish farms thrive in the heart of the Algerian desert

The Jorf Altorba dam supports an aquaculture industry so vibrant that fish are also sold at markets in neighbouring Tunisia.

Photo by: AP Archive
Photo by: AP Archive

The fish have also bred a different kind of tourist - those who want to see a fishing culture in the middle of the Algerian desert, far from the coast, for themselves.

In the stifling heat and inhospitable environment of Algeria's desert, an unlikely industry is blooming – fishing. 

Local authorities have kicked off aquatic breeding programmes, in the region of Bechar, far from the Mediterranean coast and close to the border with Morocco.

Business is doing well with fresh fish going to markets across the country.

TRT World's Nafisa Latic takes a look.

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