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Red Tide Loss High, but Oystermen Want to Rebuild

by Ellen Hardy
17 April 2008, at 1:00am

NAMIBIA - Nambian oyster farmers who have been dealt a huge blow in production following the loss of over 10 million oysters in the past weeks due to a red tide are not giving up.

The farmers plan to restore thier industry, says a report posted on All Africa. They recently met to discuss options and attempted to identify workable strategies that would rescue the industry.

Weeks of a persistent algae bloom that is responsible for the feared red tide resulted in more than 75 percent damage to oyster production for the country's oyster sector, prompting stakeholders to look at new ways of handling the crisis.

The aquaculture farmers and other industry players went into the recent meeting with high hopes. The meeting, according to sources present, concluded that the industry could still be saved, provided that a few strategies are introduced and strictly adhered to.

Although most farmers remain tightlipped on the details of the meeting noting that it is too early to divulge information, some inside sources New Era spoke to noted that most farmers present at the meeting were in agreement that there are still enough opportunities to restock their farms and recover the losses incurred.

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Ellen Hardy