Where did it start? |
At a Cape Town brewery where Newlands is today, the first fingerlings were hatched.
Enthusiastic anglers continued further distribution of brown, rainbow and brook trout to suitable parts of the country. The sixties marked the start of commercial production. Trout was distributed to extensive parts of the country, establishing populations in the upper reaches of most rivers in the cooler areas of South Africa. Trout also became prevalent in Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi and Kenya.
As with agriculture, where alien animal and plant species dominate, alien fish species account for practically all aquaculture activities globally. Few people realise that trout pioneered aquaculture in South Africa.
Trout – the sustainable option |
Keeping in mind ecosystem resources, trout aquaculture is a good choice for many reasons. Trout provide extensive ecosystem services in several ways: