Ocean warming has fisheries on the move, helping some but hurting more

27 August 2019. Climate change has been steadily warming the ocean, which absorbs most of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, for 100 years. This warming is altering marine ecosystems and having a direct impact on fish populations. About half of the world’s population relies on fish as a vital source of protein, and the fishing industry employs more the 56 million people worldwide. Read more…


SA makes its mark in fisheries economy

16 April 2019 – Fisheries management remains a complex sector given the challenges of the need to provide fair access to all in the ever-shrinking resource, while having to balance the conservation of such stocks for future generations. Read more…


Fisheries department rots from the top

20 November 2018 – South Africa’s fisheries authority is in a state of crisis, paralysed by a factional war between its two most senior officials and hollowed out by a culture of corruption. Read more…


Fish farming at industrial scale: a Turkish case study

13 November 2018 – One of the world’s fastest-growing food production industries, aquaculture, is harming the marine environment and people’s lives with intensive fish farms. Fish farming was promoted to contribute to meeting the rising demand for food. But it has brought its own problems. Read more…


In South Africa, abalone farming goes for gold

23 October 2018 – Read more…


Updated ocean economy scorecard on SA’s marine resources released

22 October 2018 – WWF-SA has released an updated ocean economy scorecard on the state of the country’s marine resources. While there has not been any major regression in the past two years, according to the scorecard, there are still many areas of concern. Read more…


Big jump in employment in South Africa’s aquaculture industry

7 August 2018 -There were an additional 3,000 jobs in the industry in the second quarter of 2018 from the corresponding period last year. This placed South Africa’s aquaculture jobs at 11,000, according to the latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey conducted by Statistics South Africa. Read more…


Aquaculture skills in the spotlight

4 April 2018 – A skills inventory and needs analysis for the aquaculture sector has revealed an urgent need for both generic skills – from functional literacy to business management – and aquaculture-specific technical skills to better equip workers and farmers in taking the industry forward. Read more…


Can ranching ‘zombie urchins’ boost uni, save kelp forests?

6 March 2018 – Urchinomics aims to preserve sea plants and boost rural communities while tapping into a lucrative market.


Why water mixing and movement is key in aquaculture systems

20 February 2018 – Read more…