Thursday, June 27, 2013

Feedback: Katima Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Research and Survey Planning Workshop; 25-26 June 2013

Katima Inland Aquaculture Center

Photos of this workshop is available at:

The workshop was attended by 17 participants, which included research staff  from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), Division Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries, Dr. Clinton Hay (University of Namibia), Dennis Tweddle (Namibia Nature Foundation), Mr. Pedro Bueno (FAO consultant), Dr. D. van Tung (Vietnamese Expert: South South Cooperation) and Jose Martinez Lago (Project Coordinator: CIAC Project). The workshop took place at the Katima Mulilo Inland Aquaculture Center from 25-26 June 2014. 

Purpose of the workshop
Day 1:
·      Establish the theme, date and venue of the Scientific forum for 2013/14
·      Compile an Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Programme for 2013/14. The research will be compulsory (Fisheries Biologists/Technicians supported by researchers from other institutions) on-station research focused on establishing production data and improving the production potential of the current aquaculture species used for fresh water farming. Data analyses training schedule will also be discussed
Day 2:

·      Compile an Inland Fisheries Survey Programme (integrated, multi-stakeholder) for 2013/14. Determine the types of surveys to be conducted with a schedule, integrated budget and teams to perform this function  
Workshop participants with Dennis Tweddle closest to the camera presenting
Dr. Clinton Hay from Unam. explaining the importance of different inland surveys
 Mr. Christoph Munwela, Chief Fisheries Biologist for the Caprivi region welcomed participants to the workshop after which Dr. Clinton Hay opened the proceedings with a prayer. Mr. Burger (Deputy Director, Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries) in his opening remarks emphasized the need for an integrated, multi-stakeholder approach to research and surveys in order to improve aquaculture production and maintain a sustainable, bio-diverse, productive inland fishery. 

The first presentation "Discussion on (Aqua-) Farming Systems Research and Extension (FSR&E) Approach"  was made by Mr. Pedro Bueno, FAO Consulant (Aquaculture, Rural Development and Information Specialist). He explained the concept of the multidisciplinary, participatory, farmer centered FSR&E approach and how the concept can improve  aquaculture production and farmer livelihoods in Namibia. The same apply for a sustainable inland fishery where communities are at the center of an  integrated resource management. approach through community monitoring. 

In his presentation "Aqua-farming Systems Research and Extension Approach for Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries: From Performance Agreement to Work-Plan and Budget", Mr. Burger continued with the concept of a logical approach to research and extension in the form of a multidisciplinary, participatory log-frame matrix based planning regime where the 5 crucial outputs of an FSR&E approach forms the basis of the planning matrix starting at the Job Descriptions of staff members continuing through the individual Performance Agreements and culminating in planned activities under the main outputs (5) in a transparent log-frame based work-plan and budget that is linked to the operational budget. Allocation of resources for activities is done in a participatory, transparent and fair manner. Monitoring and evaluation can be done accurately as activities are budget linked and reporting is done in the same format (same outputs). 

Mr. Burger further emphasized that all Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries researchers has to engage in on-station aquaculture research as well as Inland Fisheries surveys organised in rotating  groups to do surveys. This will expose all research staff to surveys and thereby improving experience and rapid response to quarantine incursions. It will also improve on station aquaculture research.
 Inland aquaculture operational and on-station applied and adaptive research planning
  Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries researchers will be organised in research groups at the different aquaculture centers as set out in the outputs of the workshop programme. Researchers will be selected from these groups into survey groups in such a manner that on-station research can continue while surveys are being conducted on a rotational basis.

The training schedule on data analysis will still be communicated to staff members as soon as  available dates can be established by the resource persons.

In his presentation "Discussion on Different Types of Inland Surveys required for a Sustainable Inland Fishery", Dr. Clinton Hay elaborated on the technical and logistical  nature of different surveys. He also presented impressive data to reflect the current status of Namibia's Inland fishery based on these surveys. He also reflected on the need to continue with these surveys in an integrated participatory responsible manner to maintain the productivity and biodiversity of the fishery in a sustainable manner. 
This was followed by a presentation from Dennis Tweddle (NNF) on the different project interventions that are currently contributing to the biodiversity protection of our shared inland waters.
An integrated, multidisciplinary, participatory multi-stakeholder Inland Fishery Survey Programme/Shedule for Namibia was developed. The Survey programme will be published on the Survey page of this site. 
The final order of business for the workshop was to plan for the Inland Aquaculture/Fisheries Scientific Forum for 2013/14. It was decided that the forum will take place during November 2013. The Director, Directorate Aquaculture, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire will appoint a chair person and committee to do the organisation for this occasion. Details to this extend will be published soon (Research page) on this site.

Job well done: Polytech student, Kaino Singonhi Dawid

Kaino Singonhi David,  Polytech student
We all got so used to the young lady dressed in a green over-all, ever busy and assisting wherever she could at KIFI. If her aquaculture duties was finished she would assist at the reception or grab a shovel  to clean the horticulture garden. What an example...

Kaino Singonhi David is a Polytech student that was doing her field assessment at KIFI as part of her qualifying training at Polytech.  We are sure that she will succeed and wish her all the best. Staff members at KIFI will miss you ...

Job well done. May God bless you...!!!!

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries training update: June 2013

 Students and their lecturer doing field work at Karovo Fish farm, namely: Students: A. Kayunde, B Liwakala, B. Shaalulange, D. Kaanandunge, F Libebe, H. Afrikaner, J. Karora, R, Thinyemba, R.Kaapala, R. Shamongula, T. Shapwako and  W. Kalimbo

The first joint MFMR/UNAM practical training course aimed at improving technical competency in freshwater aquaculture in Namibia is currently ongoing with the MFMR, Fisheries Biologist, Mr. Kandjou and Mrs. E. Ndivayele lecturing the last session before a short recess at the beginning of July.
Mr. Kandjou and Mrs. E. Ndivayele will return to their respective duty stations on Saturday, 29 June 2013. 

Students did field work at Karovo Fish Farm with their lecturer, Mrs. Ndivayele  on Monday, 24 June 2013. It was part of their monthly sampling to asses fish growth at the fish farm. 

 Students appreciating the freshly caught Three spot tilapia from Lake Liambezi
The students also went for a field visit to Katima Mulilo on 26 June 2013. The purpose was to familiarize themselves with  aquaculture and fishing activities in that region.  They visited Likunganelo fish farm, which is a cooperative fish farm run by community members supported by the MFMR  in terms of inputs and skills development. It is an integrated farm where fish, crops and livestock are produced with the purpose to improve production and sustainability. 

Report by Mrs. E. Ndivayele, Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Beware of rabies

Read more about Rabies at:

The epidemic of rabies amongst Kudu’s and other animals such as cattle can easily spread to humans.When working with a rabid animal, infection can easily take place through open wounds or even when the spittle of an infected animal lands in the eye of a person. A person can be the carrier of the virus for as long as one year before the sickness emerges.

Whilst the vaccine is available at pharmacies, it seems that the serum to treat rabies in humans is a big problem in Namibia. According to information it is very difficult to obtain it within the given time for treatment if a person is infected.

As preventative measure it is recommended that people who work with possible infected animals, wear gloves at all times. Furthermore it is recommended that medical aid should be obtained as soon as possible if there is a suspicion that there was contact with a rabid animal especially in cases of open wounds. 

Aquaculture & Inland Fisheries Research and Survey Planning Workshop: Katima Mulilo 25-26 June 2013

Venue for the Workshop: Katima Mulilo Inland Aquaculture Office
Programme: Research and Survey Planning Workshop: Katima Mulilo: 25+26 June 2013
Venue:                  Katima Mulilo: MFMR  Inland Aquaculture Office Boardroom
Time:                    9:00 am
Chairperson:      Mr. R. Burger (Deputy Director: Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture)

Purpose of the workshop
Day 1:
·      Establish the theme, date and venue of the Scientific forum for 2013/14
·      Compile an Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Programme for 2013/14. The research will be compulsory (Fisheries Biologists/Technicians supported by researchers from other institutions) on-station research focused on establishing production data and improving the production potential of the current aquaculture species used for fresh water farming. Data analyses training schedule will also be discussed
Day 2:
·      Compile an Inland Fisheries Survey Programme (integrated, multi-stakeholder) for 2013/14. Determine the types of surveys to be conducted with a schedule, integrated budget and teams to perform this function 

Day 1: 25 June 2013
On- Station Aquaculture Research Planning
9:00     Welcoming of participants (Mr. C. Munwela, Regional head, MFMR, Caprivi region)
9:10     Opening  prayer.  (Dr. C Hay, Unam)
9:15     Introduction of Participants
9:25     Opening remarks (Mr. RD Burger, Deputy Director Inland Aquaculture)
9:30     Discussion on Aqua-farming, Research and Extension Approach.  (Mr. Pedro Bueno , FAO Consultant:  Aquaculture, Rural Development and Information Specialist)
10:10   Tea Break
10:30     Aqua-farming Systems Research and Extension Approach for Inland Aquaculture in Namibia. From Performance Agreement to work-plan and budget  (R. Burger: MFMR)
11: 10              Compile an Aquaculture On-Station Research Programme for 2013/14.
The programme will deal with:
1.      Operational issues in terms of a comprehensive management programme (KIFI, Katima, Ongwediva, Omahenene, Epalela) that will capture the different production stages of Aquaculture: operational procedures for each stage, parameters to be recorded/time schedule and registers to be kept, health management, biosecurity etc.

Output:     Aquaculture Management Programmes for all Aquaculture Centers in place Operational procedures in place
                  Registers in place (for all parameters)
                  Biosecurity plan in place
                  Chemicals/medication lists in place etc
                  Inputs Procurement list in place
2.      Research: The research will be compulsory (Fisheries Biologists/Technicians supported by researchers from other institutions) on-station applied and adaptive research focused on establishing production data (growth rate, feed conversion/consumption etc.) and improving the production potential of the current aquaculture species used for fresh water farming. 

Output:     Brochures/website/leaflets containing production characteristics of  different species, reports, papers in peer review journals etc. 
13:00   Lunch
14:00   Finalize Research groups for each station to deal with the established Research Programme. (R. Burger: MFMR)
            Output: List with names of researchers in the different research groups for each center
15:00   Finalize data analyses training schedule for all researchers.     (Burger, Hay, Tweddle)
            Output: Training schedule available with venue, dates and participants
16:50   Closing of the workshop for day one.  (Mr. Burger: MFMR)
Day 2: 26 June 2013
Inland Fisheries Surveillance Programme
9: 00    Opening with prayer.   (Dr. C. Hay: Unam)
9:05     Welcoming of participants.      (Mr. Burger: MFMR)
9:10   Discussion on different types of Inland Fisheries Surveys required for a sustainable inland fishery.             (Dr. C. Hay: Unam)
9:50     Importance of inland fisheries and surveys.      (Denis Tweddle: NNF)
10:30   Tea Break
11:00-16:40     Compile an Inland Fisheries Surveey Programme (integrated, multi-stakeholder) for 2013/14.
Output:           List  the types of surveys to be conducted with a schedule, integrated budget and teams to perform this function.

 16:40              Way forward and closing statements. (R. Burger: MFMR)

17:00   End of workshop        

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Reminder: Submit Completed PSEMAS Membership Options Form to Personnel Office before end June 2013

Preparation of Inland Aquaculture Training & Extension Materials: FAO Consultant, Mr. Pedro B. Bueno

FAO Consultant, Mr. Pedro B. Bueno (red circle) with Aquaculture staff from Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center
Mr. Pedro B. Bueno arrived in Namibia on Sunday the 2nd of June 2013. His mission is to Prepare Training and Extension Material for inland aquaculture in Namibia. He embarked on a tight programme to visit aquaculture sites and meet staff members, farmers and other stakeholders from  Monday 3 June until the 21 st of June 2013 when he will fly back to Thailand. Mr. Bueno is an Aquaculture, Rural Development and Information Specialist with vast experience in the development of extension training materials. 
Mr. Bueno at Mpungu Fish Farm with Aquaculture staff and cooperative community members 

He visited the Northeast and Northwest regions from the 7th to the 17th of June 2013. This included a visit to KIFI where he met staff and cooperative fish farm members. He also visited Karovo and Mpungu Fish Farms as well as Ongwediva-, Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Centers and Epalela Fish Farm as well as other small scale aquaculture projects.  
Mr. Bueno busy with a presentation on the development of extension training materials at OIAC

This was followed by a workshop at the Ongwediva Inland Aquaculture Center (OIAC) on "The Elaboration of New Training Materials". Inland Aquaculture staff members from all Inland Aquaculture centers attend this workshop where the development of extension training material was deliberated. A work-plan for finalization of  the new aquaculture training materials will also be developed.  

We wish him the best with this huge endeavor....

More photos at: 


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Deputy Director Aquaculture visit Northeast and Northwest Regional Aquaculture Offices: 3-7 June 2013

(R) Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture office Katima Mulilo. (L) Fisheries staff at the Katima Mulilo office
Mr. Burger (Deputy Director: Inland Fisheries and aquaculture) visited the Katima Mulilo office for the first time on the 4th of June 2013. He was welcomed by Mr. C Munwela the Chief Fisheries Biologist and Head of the Office. Mr. Munwela informed Mr. Burger about all the activities ongoing in the Caprivi region as well as challenges. Photos available at:

Aquaculture staff at the Rundu
He visited the Rundu office on Wednesday, 5 June 2013. Mr. Gosbert Hamutenya welcomed him at the office. Problems faced by the office was discussed. 

He visited the Ongwediva Inland Aquaculture Centre (OIAC) on Thursday, 6 June 2013 where he was taken on a tour of the facility before he met with the staff. 
Photos available at:

Video available:

Aquaculture facility at Ongwediva
He visited the Omahenene and Epalela aquaculture centers on Monday, 10 June 2013.

Omahenene Aquaculture Center
Photos available at:

Epalela Fish Farm above and below

Mr. Burger discussed in detail management issues and his expectations with regard to budget control, operational control, monitoring and evaluation and planning. The finalization of Performance Agreements in line with the Strategic Plan for the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Annual Plan of the Directorate Aquaculture  was also emphasized and discussed.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Aquaculture & Inland Fisheries Programme: June 2013

Place / Project
Output at end of activity
1-30 June
Katima Office
Empting ponds
Clearing and preparation of  garden
Sorting  and grading of fish
Cleaning  of farm
Transportation of seedlings to Likunganelo

Katima, Likunganelo

S. Simulebu
C. Mwiya

Maintenance and upgrading of the farm
4-19 June
Katima Office
Entering of Biological, floodplains  and Lake Liambezi monitoring Survey data
Katima Office
J. Lubanda
Contribution to quarterly report  and update of data base

3-7 June 2013
Deputy Director, Mr. Burger conduct meetings with staff and stakeholders. Discuss personnel related issues, work-plans, performance agreements, reporting, research etc.
Katima, Rundu, Ongwediva, Onavivi and Epalela  aquaculture sites.
Mr. RD Burger
Contribution to quarterly report
Finalisation of Performance Agreements
Financial Profiles in place
8-17 June 2013
Attend Okacom Meeting in Maun
Maun/ Botswana
Mr. C. Munwela
Contribution to quarterly report

8-17 June 2013
FAO Mission of Mr. Bueno (consultant) to NE and NW regions
Kamutjonga Inlad fisheries Institute, Karovo Fish farm, Mpungu Fish Farm, OVC Fish Farm, HIV Fish Farm, OnaviviIAC and Epalela Fish Farm
Spanish Expert, Mr. Mwiya, Mr. Burger, Mr. Mataya, Mr. Keibeb, Mr. Hamutenya, SSC Team, Mr. Kandjou, Ms, Ndivajele, Mr Ngulu, Mr. Ndikwetepo
Preparation of Training and Extension Materials
17-21 June 2013
Visit headman and asses fishing activities in Chobe, Lake Liambezi and Zambezi
Lake Liambezi and Zambezi river systems
C. Munwela, D Nchindo and
Contribution to quarterly report

10th – 14st  June 2013
Stocking and Horticulture.
Empting  NP1 and NP4, Fix pond embankments
Harold, Duc and Celestino
Contribution to quarterly report
17th - 22th June 2013
Oversee Stocking, water quality  and Horticulture activities.
Victoria, Vale and Duc
Contribution to quarterly report
preparing documents for the ADB Korea agreement on training

Windhoek MFMR
Ms. P. Elago
Contribution to quarterly report
25-26 June 2013
Research and Survey Planning Workshop
Katima Mulilo
CFB’s and SFB’s, NNF and Unam reps
Contribution to quarterly report  and compilation of a Research Programme + Survey Programme for 2013/14

24-28 June 2013
Asses the Kasaya Channel on Impalila area House boats and discuss the Joint Operation on Ghost Nets with Botswana Counterparts in Kasane
C. Munwela, D Nchindo and
Contribution to quarterly report


Compiled by FH Khaebeb

The extension visit was aimed at assisting the cooperative and NYS members in sorting and grading of fish, partial harvest and marketing of fish produce and aid in horticulture production. 

Team members:
1    Harold Khaebeb, AFB – Farm Supervisor
2    Van Sy, Vietnamese Aquaculture Expert
3    Treu Duc, Vietnamese Aquaculture Technician
4    Berthold Mushambe, Labourer
5    Alexander Muhero, Labourer


Due to past failures in conducting harvesting events with very low turn – up, we do partial harvesting and selling in the surrounding communities and Rundu Market. The observation is that, due to small (250g) size of fish, the Rundu market is hesitant to absorb the produce immediately unlike the small villages in the Mukwe district. During the reporting time, we have harvested and sold fish worth a total of N $ 5 600 monetary values from PP6, PP2, PP4 and NP4. Nearly 80% from harvested fish consisted of Tilapia rendalii, 18% Oreochromis andersonii and 2% African catfish.

Figure 1 – 4: Cooperative, staff members and Vietnamese experts, partially harvesting of fish from various ponds, utilizing hapa system for size grading.
Figure 5: Marketing and sale of fish produce in Divundu settlement

The horticulture activities were limited to watering of existing seedlings in the beds and already transplanted crops.

Full report including main challenges and recommendations available on request at: