Eastern Cape set to benefit from growth in fish farming

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
17 November 2006, at 12:00am

EASTERN CAPE - Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food production systems in the world and includes the farming of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants in controlled or selected aquatic environments with some form of human intervention.

South Africa‘s contribution to this industry accounts for less than 1% of African production. The value of the local production in 2004 was estimated to be about R90-million for mariculture and R12-million for inland aquaculture.

Aquaculture production in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow from between 208 600 and 380 400 tons per annum by 2013, almost three to five times current volumes. Undoubtedly, the Eastern Cape will benefit from this growth.

Currently, fish supply does not meet demand and only 1% of all fish sold commercially is farmed. In the past six years, aquaculture production in the region has increased by 61% to 72 334 tons.

Source: The Herald Online