Aquaculture

Tilapia farming for smallholders

With tilapia culture new to South Africa, many entrepreneurs want to start small with a pilot project before investing substantial capital. This makes sense and is entirely possible.

Leave breeding to the experts

There are important issues to consider before taking on the breeding of tilapia.

Outdoor or indoor systems?

To answer this question, we first need to see what successful producers are doing elsewhere.

Tunnel design is important

Designs of aquaculture systems within fish-farming tunnels vary widely, and many have failed. What options are available and what are the non-negotiables when it comes to tunnel design?

Tilapia farming can be done in SA

Ignore all that talk of ‘poor species’ and ‘low temperatures’ – tilapia farming in SA can succeed, as long as a few fundamentals are followed.

Not all fish are born equal

Prospective fish farmers take the risk of using poor quality breeding stock when they buy fingerlings of unknown ancestry. Such fish will not grow rapidly to market size, despite good...

Tilapia: why quality seed counts

Tilapia farming is now well established in Asia, but will only succeed in SA if good quality stock is used in an economically viable culture environment.

Abalone farming in Hermanus

Adri Claassen, abalone farmer extraordinaire, talks to Denene Erasmus about farming these sought after sea delicacies.

Damning reaction to Mzimvubu dam plan

Yolan Friedman, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, has lashed out at plans for a large dam to be constructed on the former Transkei's and SA's largest undammed river, the...

Pioneers of SA marron production

For seven years Vaughn Bursey and John Tinley (above) of Smiling Valley Aquaculture have pursued and persevered their passion for aquaculture by farming marron freshwater crayfish. Mike Burgess visits them...

SA aquaculture: the catch of the day?

South Africa is faced with the unique opportunity to implement international best practice when establishing its aquaculture industry, says Terry Bennett from South Africa's largest and oldest fishing company Irvin...

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