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Aquaculture refers to the controlled production of water living organisms such as algae, plants, shellfish, crustaceans, finfish and even reptiles such as crocodiles, tortoises and frogs. Aquaculture is conducted over a wide range of water ecosystems that include fresh-, brackish- and seawater, as well as cold, temperate and warm water systems.
 Legal considerations
Before starting an aquaculture venture, check on any applicable regulations with your local authority or the associations and organisations given below.
 Associations and organisations
Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa - AASA
The Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) was established in the late 1980's in order to represent the interest of the then fledgling aquaculture industry in Southern Africa. The Association has since developed into a structure with representation from the various sectors contributing towards the aquaculture industry of the region, including marine species such as oysters, mussels, abalone and prawns; freshwater species such as trout, catfish, tilapia, ornamental fishes; as well as service providers such as feed companies, equipment suppliers and veterinary services.
 Web sites
Selected South African links
Aquaculture in Southern Africa
Aquaculture is growing steadily in Southern Africa and this address seeks to link all the various parties involved under a single umbrella. Prospective aquaculturalists are offered an opportunity to obtain specific, detailed information on various aspects of aquaculture pertinent to the Southern African sub-region.
Aquaculture literature
Publications to do with different aspects of aquaculture.