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Chief Directorate Aquaculture and Economic Development 

Aquaculture is defined as the farming of aquatic organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants in controlled or selected aquatic environments, with some form of intervention in the rearing process to enhance production, such as regular stocking, feeding, protection from predators, etc. Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the stock being cultivated.
The main objectives of the Chief Directorate Aquaculture and Economic Development is to develop a sustainable and competitive sector that will contribute meaningfully to job creation, economic development, sustainable livelihood, food security, rural development and transformation in South Africa. The aquaculture sector is divided into two sectors namely: Marine aquaculture, which includes species such as abalones, mussels, oyster, dusky kob and seaweed; and Freshwater aquaculture, which include species such as carp, catfish, koi karp, marron, crayfish, tilapia and trout.
The aquaculture sector is also managed by different directorates within the Fisheries branch. The Directorate Aquaculture Technical Services manages aquaculture advisory services, economics, information, development, infrastructure and facilities. The Directorate Sustainable Aquaculture Management helps with aquaculture authorization, environmental assessments, food safety, aquatic animal health and intergovernmental and policy coordination of the sector. The Directorate Aquaculture Research and Development is responsible for diversification and competitiveness and sustainable production. Below is a detailed description of each Directorate responsible for the aquaculture sector in South Africa.


  Directorate Aquaculture Technical Services (click here and open page below)  
  Directorate Sustainable Aquaculture Management (click here and open page below)  
  Directorate Aquaculture Research and Development (click here and open page below)  
  Aquaculture Policies, Guidelines and Legislation
  Aquaculture Forums Information  
  Aquaculture Authorisations  
  Aquaculture and Environment  
  Biodiversity Risk and Benefit Assessment  
  Aquaculture Health Management  
  Aquaculture Research and Development  
  Aquaculture Projects  
  Aquaculture Information Management System  
  South African Molluscan Shellfish Monitoring and Control Programme  
  Aquaculture Documentation  
  Aquaculture Personnel Information  
  Aquaculture Public Notices and News  
  Sea-Based adz
  Aquaculture and Environmental Consultant Information  
  Aquaculture Investment & Policy Dialogue  

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