Balancing tilapia production with conservation

SA’s environmental approach of preserving rather than conserving is hampering commercial tilapia culture.

Selling your fish: which customers are best for you?

Before embarking on a tilapia farming business, carefully consider who your buyers will be – your success will depend on it!

Development zones: dead in the water?

The aquaculture development zones proposed by government are not the way to develop the sector.

Aquaculture 101: the advantages of greenhouse tunnels

Want cost-effective heating for your aquaculture system? Nothing beats greenhouse tunnels.
Pond farming will produce the steady high-volume production required.

How far have we come with aquaculture in SA?

This is the 100th aquaculture column to appear in Farmer’s Weekly, and to mark this milestone, I’d like to explore how far the industry has come since my first article...

Small community fish farms – then and now

Certain non-negotiable measures are needed to make small, community-run fish farms successful.
Diseases in the fish farming sector

Diseases in the fish farming sector

Keeping rearing conditions clean and sourcing fingerlings from reputable hatcheries will help contain outbreaks.

SA aquaculture success lies with government

The success and viability of the industry is largely government’s responsibility, because only it makes and implements legislation.

How effective are recirculating aquaculture systems for SA?

The high cost of these systems can be prohibitive for new entrants to the industry. Pond farms may be a far better solution.

Aquaculture investors: fish out of water

The refusal of both state and private investors to take good advice has left a trail of failed aquaculture projects across South Africa.

Which design is best?

The design of an aquaculture system is essential to the operation’s success, and should be appropriate to environmental conditions and staffing skills.

The best tilapia for aquaculture

Riverine tilapia species are more suitable to South African aquaculture conditions than lacustrine species.


‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

The wildfire that occurred in Trompsburg between 15 and 17 November was a classic example of extreme fire behaviour caused by weather conditions conducive to the development of a fire...

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