Feasibility studies for marine aquaculture development in South Africa
In 2016, Advance Africa were contracted by the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (now Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment) to evaluate the technical and financial feasibility of Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis), Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and dusky kob (Argyrosomomus japonicus) aquaculture in South Africa. In 2008, Advance Africa was contracted by Basileus Capital to assess the biological and economic viability of integrated abalone (Haliotis midae), finfish and seaweed aquaculture in South Africa.
Each study included comprehensive stakeholder engagement with various South African aquaculture industry actors, a detailed analysis of suitable geographic locations and physical environments, an assessment of socio-economic impacts, technical aspects of suitable aquaculture systems, analyses of local and international markets, economic assessments and financial modelling, and development, construction and project management needs. The study resulted in recommendations for developing and managing commercially viable marine aquaculture operations in South Africa.