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Feb 17

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

Catfish ready to go

Catfish bagged for transport

Counting catfish 3

Counting catfish out at the University of Limpopo’s Aquaculture Research Unit

Fish are prepared for shipping

Preparing catfish juveniles for transport.

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 catfish produced by Johan Theron and his team at the Aquaculture Research Unit at the University of Limpopo.

It was a long process getting the catfish sorted and packed at the University and then an even longer process getting them down to Gariep, some 1000km from the University’s Aquaculture Research Unit in Polokwane, Limpopo Province. The 13,000 or so fish arrived in one piece with limited mortalities (3 in total!).

The fish are doing well under the watchful eye of Deon Horstman and his team at Gariep.

Sorting catfish into new tanks at the Gariep Freshwater Aquaculture Facility.

Sorting catfish into new tanks at the Gariep Freshwater Aquaculture Facility.