Fish farm first for Richards Bay

Fully commercial marine sea cage finfish farm.

The project is expected to initially produce 600 tons of fish and eventually yield up to 1 000 tons.

A substantial sea site of seven hectares in the port of Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal, has been leased for the South Africa’s first fully commercial marine sea cage finfish farm.

Dusky kob, also known as daga salmon by KZN’s avid anglers and one of the largest members of the kob family, is the chosen species of fish being farmed to boost the country’s aquaculture industry, Zululand Observer reported.

The R20-milllion Aquaculture Development Project is a collaborative undertaking between the department of science and technology (DST), the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and Stellenbosch University to determine the technical, environmental and financial feasibility of farming dusky kob in sea cages.

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Piloted in August last year, the project started off with the stocking of 25 000 dusky kob fingerlings, which is expected to initially produce 600 tons of fish and eventually yield up to 1 000 tons.

Caxton News Service




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