Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deputy Minister, Bheki Cele
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Deputy Minister, Bheki Cele
Workers in action at Blue Ocean Mussels
Workers in action at Blue Ocean Mussels
Saldanha Bay Harbour
Saldanha Bay Harbour
Bheki Cele intercating with community members
Bheki Cele intercating with community members
Exhibitions at the World Fisheries Day celebrations held in Saldanha Bay
Exhibitions at the World Fisheries Day celebrations held in Saldanha Bay
Bheki Cele with Grant Darling - operations manager for the Southern Atlantic Sea Farms.
Bheki Cele with Grant Darling - operations manager for the Southern Atlantic Sea Farms.

CAPE TOWN - Saldanha Bay and Langebaan aquaculture looks at supplying tonnes of seafood to the South African market and abroad. 

Nico Prins is the farm manager of Blue Ocean Mussels located in Saldanha Bay. 

Prins said Blue Oceans is one of the oldest mussels' farms in South Africa, that was established 30 years ago.

Grant Darling is the operations manager for Southern Atlantic Sea Farms - a project farming mussels.

Barend Stander manages Molapong Aquaculture - a project farming the trout and employing six staff members.

These projects have confirmed good revenue made from exports, despite costly feeding challenges for their farm species.  

Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Bheki Cele has noted the employment opportunities and skills provided by the aquaculture to the locals.

Cele has urged fishers to cooperate with government officials in resolving fishing industry looming issues.

Early this month, the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recommended that Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries must balance the natural preservation of the ocean, people’s food needs must remain a priority. 

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