Nick Loubser (Chairperson)
The Abalone Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) is an independent non-profit organisation which promotes the interests and image of the abalone farming industry and is the formal spokesbody for this sector. Its members are entities in possession of valid abalone hatchery, grow-out or ranching permits. It is governed by a voluntary Council elected annually from its membership, whilst its day to day business is managed under contract by a chief executive officer and secretariat.
The aim and objective of the Association is to promote the well-being, and represent the interest, of the Aquaponics Industry in Southern Africa, for the benefit of the Association members. This would include, inter alia, the following aims:
1 To foster unity amongst the members of the Association
2 To encourage and facilitate growth in the Industry
3 To act as representative and liaison between different interest groups pertinent to the Industry, most especially the State
4 To encourage research and development, and to disseminate any such resultant information to all the members of the Association
5 To promote, support and generally elicit legislation favourable to the members of the Association
6 To encourage environmentally sound practices amongst members
The Bivalve Shellfish Farmers Association of South Africa (BSASA) is an independent non-profit organisation which promotes the interests of the bivalve shellfish farming industry. It is the formal spokes body for this sector. Its current members are companies holding permits to farm mussels and oysters. It is governed by a voluntary executive committee elected annually from its membership.
Mr Henning Du Plessis (Chairman)
The Namibian Mariculture Association was established in order to preserve and promote the interests of the members of the mariculture industry in Namibia; not only to provide opportunities for collaboration and discussion amongst its members, but to liaise with Government bodies, public and private establishments and individuals on matters of general and specific interest to its members, and to distribute relevant information among them. The Association also has the authority to delegate industry representatives to institutional bodies and events where such representation is in the best interest of its members, and aims to cooperate with other Associations having similar objects.
The Marine Finfish Farmers Association of South Africa (MFFASA) is a registered non-profit organization that was established to represent its members in the promotion and development of marine finfish farming as an economically sound and environmentally sustainable industry in South Africa.
Gerrie van der Merwe
Tilapia farmers are organised in a loose technical and marketing group that shares information, virtually on a daily basis, with each other. This group uses a WhatssApp platform for discussion, and comprises about 15 of the most active members of the tilapia farming sector. The group is representative of tilapia farmers in most provinces, and meets for discussions several times a year. The group is also active in engaging with government departments such as DAFF and DEA to discuss urgent permitting and sectorial interests. Please contact me for more information.
The Western Cape Trout Association is our nation\\\'s oldest aquaculture sector organisation. The organisation is a platform where trout farmers and stakeholders in the Western Cape Province can communicate during informal meetings at least twice a year on relevant topics. The organisation works with the Mpumalanga Trout Forum and a member of the one organisatiion usually attend meetings of the neighbouring organisation. The Western Cape Trout Association is a none profit organisation.
Formed in 2006 as a global non-profit Professional Association, the mission of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association is to serve the discipline of aquatic veterinary medicine in enhancing aquatic animal health and welfare, public health and seafood safety, in support of the veterinary profession, aquatic animal owners and industries, and other stakeholders.
To fulfill this mission WAVMA will:
1. Develop programs to support and sustain members and the aquatic industries that they serve.
2. Identify, foster and strengthen professional interactions among aquatic veterinary practitioners and other organizations around the world.
3. Advocate for, develop guidance on, and promote the advancement of the science, ethics and professional aspects of aquatic veterinary medicine within the veterinary profession and a wider audience.
4. Position, advance and support the discipline and practice of aquatic veterinary medicine in all countries.
Membership is open to veterinarians, veterinary students, para-veterinary professionals and others.