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.

Africa’s many tilapia species

The versatile tilapia is found all over Africa, but not all species are suitable for aquaculture production.

Generalist and specialist fish species

Not all fish species are suitable for aquaculture simply because they grow large in their natural habitat.

Aquaculture: claims vs reality

Production claims must be based on proven, long-term commercial results – they cannot be extrapolated.


wool sheep in Lesotho

‘Wool sheep from Lesotho now being slaughtered in SA’

Wool growers in Lesotho, who had not received an income since March 2018, are now selling their stock to slaughter markets in a desperate attempt to survive.

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