Picture the scene: George has a successful business and he loves fish, so he decides to start a fish farm on the side as a second income stream. He does everything correctly; builds appropriate infrastructure, obtains good genetic material, purchases great feed and has sufficient staff to operate the farm. However, the one thing that is lacking is minute by minute leadership and direction as this is a 2nd business and George is in town managing his primary concern. On the weekends George visits the farm but he is also tired and he needs to spend time with his family, so the farm sees little of him and is starved of strategic input. The result will almost certainly be a failed business that only survives due to ongoing financial inputs by the owner.
In the words of Ade Alakija, founder of Durante Fish, Nigeria: `The downside of fish farming: it is a 24-hour job, there is no Sunday, there is no Tuesday, there is hardly any time off’.
Fish farming is a skills intensive undertaking and it is unwise for anyone to tackle it part time. There is a place for starting on a small scale to learn the techniques, train a few key staff and develop initial logistic paths. However, once you go commercial you need to be on a certain minimum scale in order to be economically viable, and at a commercial scale you are at risk trying to manage the facility remotely unless you have an adequately experienced manager on site.
Please do not try being a weekend fish farmer, this almost certainly results in wasted money and disappointment. The old adage has never been truer: go big or go home.
We have scheduled the following Aquaculture Courses:
21 & 22 October Aquaponics Course, Pretoria
15 & 16 November Tilapia Hatchery Specialist Course, Aquaculture Academy, Grahamstown. This is a new 2-day Course to train hatchery workers in the disciplines needed to run a successful tilapia hatchery.
19 to 25 February Practical Aquaculture Course, Aquaculture Academy, Grahamstown – This is an excellent opportunity to obtain both the theory of fish farming as well as practical experience in spawning tilapia and catfish, feeding correctly, managing water quality, sorting fish, aquaponics plant care and many other related skills.
To obtain further information email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catfish, Trout & Tilapia Fingerlings for Sale
We have catfish, trout and tilapia for sale. Send us an email if you are interested in obtaining stock.
This year we have a limited number of female O. mossambicus for sale as breeders.
Aquaculture Products for Sale
We offer a wide range of products to the Aquaculture Industry. These products can be viewed and purchased from our secure online store at Aquaculture Store.
If you need anything that is not listed, drop me an email and I will attempt to source it for you.