Aquaculture production technologies are becoming increasingly advanced and risks can be minimised through effective training. South Africa's University of Stellenbosch, for instance, offers a distance education programme aimed at the entry level. The one year certification course covers the spectrum from biology to production systems and management. Degree courses are also available.
Most consultants offer some training as part of their service. Leslie Ter Morshuizen of Aquaculture Innovations runs a two-day course aimed at the entrepreneur who is considering investing in aquaculture and requires more information.
The course provides an overview on international and local aquaculture, as well as detailed information on: the main species farmed; water quality; reproduction; nutrition; health; infrastructure; system design; and environmental, legal and economic considerations Ter Morshuizen also offers a mentorship programme for staff of clients of his consultancy. Books and literature are also available from him.
University of Stellenbosch: Contact Adrian Piers, tel +27-21-808-5814; +27-73-264-4280; firstname.lastname@example.org; Ter Morshuizen: Cell: +27 83 4060 208;tel :+27 46 622 3690; fax: +27 46 622 4868; www.aquaafrica.co.za