Aquaculture is defined by the Fisheries Management Act as cultivating fish or marine vegetation for the purposes of sale, trade or barter.
Aquaculture is also known as Fish Farming, Fish Culture, etc Aquaculture production can be extensive (basic, limited capital & management, low production), semi-intensive (in between extensive and intensive) and intensive (high capital & management, high level of control and high production rates)
Aquaculture as defined by the Fisheries Management Act does require a permit. There are different types of permit depending on the type of activity you are doing, covering everything from hatchery, fish out, land and lease based culture. More information on the types of permits and the permit application process can be obtained from the department's web site or by talking to staff from the Aquaculture unit. If you only wish to produce fish in farm dams for your own consumption, an aquaculture permit is not required.
If you intend to breed and sell any aquarium/ornamental fish and your facility has a water holding capacity of 10,000 litres or more you will require an aquaculture permit.
Once I have an aquaculture permit, where can I sell my product? Holding an aquaculture permit allows you to sell your product direct to retailers, the public or other markets eg restaurants and clubs, or through fish markets. .More information on available markets can be obtained by speaking to the various aquaculture associations.
Aquaculture permit costs vary depending on the type of permit you are applying for. There are also annual fees attached to aquaculture permits. Aquaculture businesses are required to pay an annual permit administration fee. Aquaculture businesses operating on public waters such as Cage farming are required to pay the annual permit More information can be obtained by speaking to staff from the Aquaculture unit.
There are specific criteria that must be considered when investigating a potential site for aquaculture. These include water access, topography, climate, soil type, and proximity to markets, support and infrastructure.
The Geossy Ltd Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy includes sections on site selection and design of aquaculture facilities, and mapping of potential estuarine culture sites using GIS technology. These maps take into account factors such as proximity to flood heights, acid sulphate soils, and water, and provide a good general guide for investors to narrow the search.
The sustainable aquaculture strategies aim to promote community and industry confidence in the continued development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry.
The department is not a grant funding agency, and cannot provide financial support to any project for the purposes of establishing or operating an aquaculture operation. The department can however assist with sourcing funding from other agencies, by providing details on funding schemes and contacts. Contact Us for funding possibilities.
Cost of pond depends on area, land and type of pond you intend to have. By type of pond, I mean earthen, concrete or tarpaulin ponds.
Cages cost between USD 500 for a cage of 2,000 fish to USD1, 528 for one of 10,000 fish.
Ponds cost USD 1.4 per cubic meter.
Tanks cost USD 256 per 8 cubic meter tank.
This is where gullible investors fall prey. Before you go into cat fish farming, make sure you know your market or better still make sure you know your buyers and what type of size they buy. For instance it will be difficult for you to get a buyer for a 500g fish if your market environments demands for a 1kg fish and vice versa. However, on average, you should be able to get a size about 1kg within 6 months PROVIDED you fed them well and they are raised with the best and healthy practices

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