Saudi Arabia is working to establish a regional center for fisheries, a Saudi minister told a conference in Riyadh, as part of its bigger goals to diversify the economy and address food security. Saudi Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadley said the government is keen to develop fish farming, describing it as one of the fastest-growing food sectors in the world. “We have created initiatives that involve the private sector in developing this sector,” he said during the opening of the Saudi international Marine and Exhibition Conference or SIMEC. The Saudi minister, who also heads the National Fisheries Development Program, said investing in fisheries is also in line with the Kingdom’s efforts to address food security, which is a common issue across the Gulf. We are working on establishing an academy dedicated to fisheries,”. He added they are working with their partners at FAO to develop sustainable marine resources and highlight the importance of research. Al-Fadley also mentioned the importance of having easy regulations for investors to participate in the local economy. Under its Vision 2030, the Saudi government has identified several industries to drive economic diversification away from oil dependence. The Kingdom wants to generate as much as SR17 billion ($4.3 billion) from the sector, creating 200,000 jobs to support local fishing communities.