Apr. 2014: Study on the aquaculture potential of existing water bodies in Western Kenya
Existing small-scale pond in western Kenya -
potential for fish farming as well? Under the new program on Food Security and Drought Resilience of the German Development Organization (GIZ - Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in Kenya, Aquatic Blue was commissioned to conduct a study on the potential of a sustainable fish production in existing water bodies such as reservoirs, dams or natural lakes in western Kenya. The results of the study will be presented for the three participating counties Bungoma, Kakamega and Siaya in June 2014.
Within the framework of this GIZ program Aquatic Blue will continue to be instrumental in the training of small-scale farmers in fish farming in western Kenya and will carry out training courses on sustainable and economically sound aquaculture.
Aug. 2013: Study on the potential of organic aquaculture in East Africa sucessfully completed
Aquatic Blue has presented the results of the study "Potential of organic aquaculture in East Africa"
as part of OSEA II project
along with its project partners
held in July 2013 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The study (pdf-file, 4.6 MB) as well as the accompanying presentation (pdf-file, 3.9 MB) are available for download.
The authors of the study conclude that organic aquaculture in Africa is possible, although the potential is presently not very large. In particular, the production of tilapia in extensive monoculture but also in polyculture with the African catfish is possible. Also an extensive shrimp production or the production of macroalgae is considered possible.
Feb. 2013: Study on the potential of organic aquaculture in East Africa
Small-scale pond in Kenya. Aquatic Blue together with his aquaculture network partner Organic Services has been appointed by IFOAM to conduct a scoping study on the potential of organic aquaculture in East Africa.
The project is part of the Organic Standards in East Africa Program (OSEA II) and includes Burundi, Kenya, Ruanda, Tanzania and Uganda to develop a regional standard for organic aquaculture. The results of the project will be presented in a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July 2013. Aquatic Blue will carry out the project in co-operation with his aquaculture network partner Organic Services in Munich as well with various partners in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.
Dec. 2012: Aquatic Blue supportively involved in the successful organic certification of a Vietnamese Pangasius producer
Harvest of the organic Pangasius. The
animals are vital und healthy. In December 2012 the Vietnamese Pangasius producer and processor Golden Quality Seafood was successfully certified according to the European organic standards. Since the beginning of 2012 and during the whole process of the development and implementation of the organic production and processing the company was supervised and counselled intensively by Aquatic Blue. Golden Quality Seafood is the first of only two organic Pangasius producers at all and the first and only organic Pangasius producer and processor worldwide, which is exclusively certified according to the strict guidelines of the EU organic regulation. Due to the intensive technical supervision by Aquatic Blue the whole certification process could be organised and realised within less than one year without any problems.
Aquatic Blue would like to thank all the people on site as well as all partners involved for the excellent cooperation.
For further Information please have a look at our press release (pdf-file, 97 kb).
July 2012: The German development organization GIZ (Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit) launches training initiative for fish farmers in Kenya. Aquatic Blue actively involved in the construction of a training unit and in development and realisation of training courses
trilateral cooperation between Kenya, Israel, and Germany, since July 2012 Aquatic Blue is involved in the construction of a training unit and the development of a training concept to establish sustainable aquaculture in Kenya. In cooperation with the partner from Israel a training unit was constructed at Kisumu near Lake Victoria in July 2012. The facility was officially opened on 16. August 2012 by the former German minister of development aid, Dirk Niebel. Also in July 2012 several training courses were started, which had been developed and conducted under the significant participation of Aquatic Blue. During the one-week training courses local fish farmers and aquaculture extention workers and consultants were trained in sustainable and economically reasonable aquaculture. For the time being, the training program will be supported by the GIZ until 2014.Within the framework of a
May 2012: Aquatic Blue counsels several Pangasius companies in Vietnam regarding an ASC-certification on behalf of the German development organization GIZ (Gesellschaft f�r International Zusammenarbeit)
ASC-certified pond for Pangasius
production. In the scope of a "public-private-partnership" project (PPP-project) between the German development organization GIZ (Gesellschaft f�r Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Dutch seafood company ANOVA, which was initiated to certify several Pangasius producing and processing companies according to the standards of the "Aquaculture Stewardship Council" (ASC), Aquatic Blue was assigned to counsel the respective companies in a way so that the companies would be able to get the certification in time to offer their products with the highly demanded ASC label as soon as the ASC standards came into effect. Aquatic Blue accomplished this task successfully! By the end of October 2012, the company Vinh Quang from My Tho in the Mekong delta received the ASC certificate as the second company worldwide only a few weeks after the ASC has officially released the Pangasius certification. Only a short time after the second project partner Docifish followed.
The respective inspection protocols as well as the certificates can be viewed at the website of the ASC.