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Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic (freshwater and marine) organisms including fish, molluscs, crustaceans and plants in a controlled or selected aquatic environments, with some form of interventions such as regular stocking, feeding and protection from predators in the rearing process to enhance production. 
Farming also implies individual or corporate ownership of the cultivated stock. Aquatic organisms refers to all faunal and floral life forms that exist in water, but excluding mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, except for those amphibians and reptiles declared to be aquaculture species as per Animal Improvement Act. 
 

Species

African sharptooth catfish
Tilapia
Gold fish
Common carp
Rainbow Trout


Articles  

Production and Production Systems

Development of small-scale Aquaculture Farming Systems: Western Cape.

The 1998 Production and Status of Aquaculture in South Africa .

Fish Breeding

Artificial breeding at Jonkershoek
Importance of Carp Genetic Resources
Artificial propagation of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus): Differences between reproduction effects after stimulation of ovulation with Carp pituitary homogenate or GnRH-a and dopaminergic inhibitor

Fish Diseases and Health

Koi husbandry, health assessment and health maintenance: Koi health advisor programme of the AKCA
Impact of water quality on the abundance of parasites from Oreochromis mossambicus at the Phalaborwa Industral Complex (PIC) and Barrage: preliminary results
Health of aquatic animals
 

Books

Production and Production Systems

Handbook on the artificial reproduction and pond rearing of the African Sharptooth Catfish Clarias gariepinus, in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Southern African Marine Aquarium Fish Breeder’s Handbook
              

Policies

National Aquaculture Policy
The D:AAP is in the process of developing the NAP by incorporating both DoA (Freshwater) and DEAT:MCM (Marine) policies with the following objectives:
To facilitate the development of a united and prosperous aquaculture sector by unifying and simplifying aquaculture legislation and regulations, as well as ensuring sustainable and equitable use of aquatic resources.

To promote the responsible and sustainable development of globally competitive aquaculture sector in South Africa by identifying current constraints and by proposing action aimed at creating an enabling environment for effectively addressing those constraints

Projects

Limpopo Basin Project

A Challenge Program on Water and Food of the WorldFish Center on research priorities in the Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries initiated a project to be done on the Limpopo Basin . This is a joint project between South Africa , Botswana , Mozambique and Zimbabwe . Project implementation was discussed at the University of Limpopo .

Provincial Aquaculture Programme.

Participatory development of provincial aquaculture programme for improving rural food security and livelihoods alternatives A 5 year programme funded by DoA and WRC to be implemented by Rhodes University . Programme was launched at Rhodes University on 28th Nov 2005. First step of the programme is to develop strategic plans for provinces as follows:
Free State – 26 Jan 2006
Limpopo – 12 & 13 Jan 2006
KZN – 1st Feb 2006
NW – 7 Feb 2006
Mpumalanga – 9 Feb 2006
Report on the developed provincial strategic plans will be done on the 21st Feb 2006.