Aquaculture can sustain livelihoods – Esau

( AQUACULTURE along the rivers is a viable option of relieving pressure from the country’s natural fisheries providing nutritious food and sustaining the livelihoods of many people.

Fisheries minister Bernhard Esau said this at the occasion of the fish harvesting of the Epalela Aquaculture Fish Farm near Ruacana in the Omusati region on Wednesday.

Esau told the audience that his ministry is determined to diversify sources of fish in the country and thus believes that fish farming in Namibia is possible, practical and can be done in an economically viable way.

According to him, aquaculture in Namibia started in the early 2000s with a strong commercial drive behind marine aquaculture in the farming of filter feeding bi-valves (oysters, mussels, clams).

“This sector has had commercial success and produces on average 1 500 metric tonnes a year,” Esau explained, adding that freshwater aquaculture is mainly focused on the promotion of small-scale fish farming.

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