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Aug 29

FF2200 Foam fractionator

My last blog post showed one of our FF2200 foam fractionators (protein skimmer) on its way to site. So I thought I would put a slightly better photo of the FF2200. Its difficult to get an idea of the size of the unit without a person standing in front of it. Standing tall at approx …

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Feb 12

Faivre drum filters arrive in Keetmanshoop

Over the past few months we have delivered much of the materials for the fish farm to be built at Fonteintjie in Keetmanshoop Namibia. Just last weekend we off loaded our two Faivre 4-80 series frame mounted drum filters which will form part of the recirculation systems on this tilapia farm. The drum filters are …

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Dec 11

Freestate Province Community Catfish Farm

We have had a busy year up in the Freestate doing some upgrading of catfish facilities built for the Department of Agriculture some years back. There are six different projects situated in an arc that runs from Pertrusburg through Koffiefontein, Fauresmith, Springfontein, Bethuli and Zastron. We started with our work about a year ago. Its …

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Oct 21

Operation Phakisa – What are the prospects?

A month or two ago I was invited to attend an address on Operation Phakisa given by the President. I attended on behalf of AASA, the Aquaculture Association of South Africa. I have to say that I was a little sceptical, and took a bet with one of my staff against Mr Zuma being there …

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Jun 10

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

I was sent this by one of my colleagues who found it on the SARNISSA Facebook page. World fisheries produced 158 million tonnes of fish in 2012. Capture fisheries have increase 2,7 times between 1960 and 2012 while aquaculture (excluding plants) has increased over 40 times in the same period of time. Thats phenomenal!

Apr 16

GSM Control Systems for Aquaculture

We do a range of control systems for aquaculture, but here is something simple that can be used for basic control of your pumps on an aquaculture system, a bore hole pump or even a koi pond filter system. On these systems we make use of a GSM Commander unit (we are an authorised, trained …

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Apr 07

St Mary’s School for Girls gets going with Natare pool revamp

The Olympic swimming pool at St Mary’s School for Girls in Johannesburg is getting a makeover! St Mary’s swimming pool has been leaking profusely for a couple of years. It has been plagued with issues linked to its water holding capacity, pretty much from day one. The school approached “semi-retired” consultant Richard Starke of White …

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Mar 26

Selling Tilapia in the Informal Sector

Some weeks ago we needed to free up some space in one of our tanks for smaller fish that were growing beyond the capacity of their tanks. We harvested two hundred plus tilapia around 180 grams each. These were standard grey mozambique tilapia that had not been growing particularly fast. We gave them to one …

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Feb 27

Aquaculture in Agricultural Tunnels

One of the key issues affecting aquaculture system productivity is the maintenance of a constant environment. Most important is your water, but you also need to control the environment surrounding the aquaculture equipment. There are a number of reasons for this, the most obvious of which is the control of temperature. Why else: protection of …

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Feb 17

Catfish juveniles delivered to DAFF’s Gariep Freshwater Fish Hatchery.

In the last week of January we did some upgrades on the Gariep Freshwater Aquaculture facilities in the Free State province. This is a facility built/provided by the Chinese Government for the furthering of aquaculture development in South Africa. A few days after we commissioned the changes to the systems, they were stocked with juvenile …

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