25 years ago, in 1990, I established the first fish farm as a small enterprise in Salih Island. We were producing 30 tons of sea bream in this unsophisticated facility. I am a member of a fishmonger family from Bodrum. Fishery was a field which I both liked the most and knew well.
But I wanted to maintain our family business by focusing towards fish farming. Because I saw that the number of fish in the seas were declining rapidly. Overfishing and pollution ruined the sea and fish stock just like many other natural resources. Today, unfortunately this trend continues increasingly. 60 % of the fish don’t exist anymore. Remaining fish stock are also expected to be depleted in the next 30-40 years. We witness the extinction of the most valuable protein source for humans.
When I look back, I see that I have made the right initiative with an accurate decision. The business I have started grown rapidly and adopting a corporate identity has become a necessity. Then I founded Kılıç Deniz Ürünleri Üretimi İhracat İthalat Ticaret A.Ş. Kılıç has become the only facility in the industry which maintains all the process, producing fish feed as well as fish, performing its sale following the packaging, in a complete self-sufficiency. Within this period, I had the chance to work with great professionals and and brought them to Kılıç. Our fishery business has grown 1000 times in 20 years and reached a production capacity of 40.000 tons. Today Kılıç is named not only in Turkey, but also in Europe, as one of the most important companies.
Led by Kılıç, culture fishery industry changed the conditions where fish was exclusive to the upper income groups, and introduced it to the public. We are happy to provide healthy and nutritious marine products to Turkish people and all other customers from more than 40 countries we export, As a person who dedicated his life on proper practice of this business, I adopted a personal mission of constantly telling parents about the importance and value of fish. Our fish consumption is still one-third of developed countries. For this reason, there is still a lot to do.
Kılıç, Kılıç Family and its Managers contributed to the aquaculture to become a real industry, helped it to gain export ability, pioneered in countless subjects thanks to the advanced technologies and environmental standards it brought to the field.
Being a subsidiary of National Bank of Kuwait to make investments in the Middle East, the Gulf Region and Turkey, NBK Capital signed a partnership agreement with Kılıç in 2010 thanks to its rapid and stable growth.
The increase of the percent of aquaculture within the overall fish consumption in Turkey and worldwide due to the raising awareness about healthy living, promises us a bright future as it did until today. We will continue to invest in Antolia and overseas companies in the future.
Proceeding to be a worldwide company, Kılıç Deniz A.Ş. promises to carry out its duties and responsibilities both in its own industry and in the NGO’s and associations and continue contributing the society and the national economy.
Kılıç Holding Chairman of the Executive Board