Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa

The Association serves as an advocate for members with vested interests in marine species and service providers.

  • Effective representation of interests on provincial, national and international forums.
  • Provide a platform for students to interact with industry and other aquacultural industry partners
  • Advertise opportunities for job-seeking youth in the field of Aquaculture
  • The organisation of a biannual Conference with international representation.
  • A quarterly newsletter service with quality content and opportunities to contribute.
  • The development and maintenance of a modern, informed and user-friendly website.
  • Facilitate the flow of information between its members, academic institutions and associated interested groups, through the implementation of various social media platforms to ensure effective communication of events, special publication opportunities, and highlights of stories and successes within the world of aquaculture.

The AASA Story

Established in the late 1980’s, the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa (AASA) was formed to represent the interest of the then fledgling aquaculture industry in Southern Africa. Today AASA has more than 1000? members and represents 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.

The aim of AASA is to provide effective representation and dissemination of information that is relevant and central to the development of aquaculture in Southern Africa. This is achieved through the following objectives of AASA:


Chairperson: Prof Niall Vine
Vice-Chairperson: Henk Stander
Secretary: Natasha Marshall
Marketing and Social Media: Andrew Witte


WAS is an international society that represents around 100 countries and more than 3000 members. The WAS African charter was established in 2018 and AASA proudly is recognised as one of the associates to this society.

AASA Programmes

Supporting sustainable aquaculture through development, educational programmes and ethical relationships

AASA Membership

We are always looking for eager members that share our common goal.

Student Matters

AASA provides support for graduate placement and internship programmes.

AASA Conference

Join us for our annual AASA conference happening in September 2024

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Atlantic Aquaculture International Conference – AAIC24

The AAIC24 will be a presential event jointly organised with the Aquaculture Conference of the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa - AASA from September 9 to 13, 2024 at Stellenbosch University campus in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Province, South Africa.

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Building a Sustainable “Aqua Culture”, Together.