The state of aquaculture in neighbouring countries – and the lessons to be learnt.
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.
When the lights go out, you have to act fast, as your fish could be dead within 20 minutes. A backup plan is essential.
Misconceptions are holding back production of tilapia in South Africa. In the meantime, the rest of the world simply gets on with it.
Many argue that tilapia in brackish water taste that little bit better, and it’s difficult to deny this.
Salinity – at the coast or inland – is rarely a barrier to successful tilapia farming.
Why trout farming is South Africa’s most successful aquaculture.
Starting small will not necessarily give you an accurate idea of what to expect when going commercial.
Sadly, SA fails to exploit its irrigation dams for aquaculture. But farm dams, connected to well-built pond systems, offer great potential for growers.
Capital costs, running costs and potential market are the three major concerns faced by those who want to start fish farming, and I’ve often discussed these factors in relation to...
Successful aquaculture is all about making a profit. Make sure your system is affordable and appropriate.
Keep it simple and don’t become fixated on ‘technology’ – that’s how you’ll make a go of freshwater fish farming.