Fish fall foul of new laws

For many years, aquaculture in South Africa has had to play second fiddle to the various departments of nature conservation. Now this has changed. Or has it?

Aquaculture: Are we making progress?

A brief overview of the current state of fish farming in South Africa.

Infrastructure for aquaculture

Adapting existing buildings and dams for aquaculture seems a neat, money-saving solution. Yet this usually leads to failure. Unless you know what you’re doing, build a dedicated setup – you...

Fish farming beyond SA

The state of aquaculture in neighbouring countries – and the lessons to be learnt.

The history of the red tilapia

Deep-bodied, fast-growing strains of red Mozambique tilapia are becoming the species of choice in regions where winter temperatures do not usually favour tilapia farming.

Solar power could save your fish farm

When the lights go out, you have to act fast, as your fish could be dead within 20 minutes. A backup plan is essential.

Tilapia: Myths & legends

Misconceptions are holding back production of tilapia in South Africa. In the meantime, the rest of the world simply gets on with it.

Growing fish in salt water

Many argue that tilapia in brackish water taste that little bit better, and it’s difficult to deny this.

Salt water aquaculture

Salinity – at the coast or inland – is rarely a barrier to successful tilapia farming.

Trout: Cold-water marvel

Why trout farming is South Africa’s most successful aquaculture.

How to set up an aquaponics system

Starting small will not necessarily give you an accurate idea of what to expect when going commercial.

Farm dams are a good idea

Sadly, SA fails to exploit its irrigation dams for aquaculture. But farm dams, connected to well-built pond systems, offer great potential for growers.


Laying the foundations for commercial farming

Although she is a qualified engineer, Tracy Marobobo has traded her corporate suits for khaki and boots as she pursues her true passion in life: farming. Sabrina Dean recently visited...

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