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…


A step towards cleaner oceans: Tracking fishing gear to its original owner

13 February 2018 – In a big step towards cleaner seas and safer navigation, countries agreed on a set of draft Voluntary Guidelines on Marking Fishing Gear. When abandoned, lost or discarded at sea, fishing gear, made predominantly of plastic, forms a significant component of marine debris. Approximately eight million tonnes of plastic litter end up in our oceans every year, 10% of which is estimated to come from the fisheries sector. Read more…


EU: Seaweed steps into sustainability spotlight with certification scheme

24 November 2017 – The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have launched a certification standard for sustainable seaweed production. “This is a very big deal,” one seaweed manufacturer told us. Read more…