Monday, November 17, 2014

Landscaping at KIFI: Mr. Burger setting an example

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Mr. RD Burger at KIFI has laid down the standard on landscaping as an example to staff members on maintaining and looking after Government property. He started landscaping at his house (house no 6) upon arrival at KIFI during April 2013. The garden is constantly progressing. Mr. Burger challeged colleaugues at KIFI and other aquaculture centers to emmulate his example. Several staff memebers at KIFI has subsequintly started with landscaping at their houses. At this trend  KIFI will soon look like a professional research institute...!!!

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It requires a little effort......
... which goes a long way... = Condusive environment = well maintained GRN facility

Before and after pictures

Mr. Burger Spreading fertilizer that he donated at the KIFI Office to revive the lawn

Extra Ordinary Fish Harvest at Epalela Fish Farm: 14 November2014

Honourable Bernhard Esau with Elizabeth Ndiviayele to his right
The Honourable Minister, Bernhard Esua of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) inniated this extra-ordinary event. The Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) under the leadership of the Director, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire planned the event at Epalela Fish Farm to showcase fresh water aquaculture to the general public. Ms. Elizabeth Niviayele and her team from the Northwest sub-Division  did an excellent job in organizing the event.
Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, Director of Ceremonies with Honourable Deputy Minister, Chief Ankama listening attentively

The event was attended by droves of  interested people from the area, potential buyers, MFMR staff, political dignitaries and the media. The MFMR was well represented. Honourable Minister, B. Esua and Deputy Minister Chief Ankama were present. Dr. Moses Maurihungirire guided proceedings as the Master of Ceremony. The Honourable Governor of the Omusati Region welcomed everybody present to her Region and Epalela Fish Farm. Honourable Minister Berhard Esau officially opened the event reassuring the Namibian public about the MFMR commitment to aquaculture promotion in order to address household food security and improve nutrition of the Namibian nation with the  high quality of fish protein produced with aquaculture in Namibia. Elizabeth Ndivayele, Chief Fisheries Biologist in the MFMR for the Northwest Regions then proceeded to brief the audience on the procedures for the fish harvest.  

Honourable Minister B. Esua adressing the audience
Elizabeth Ndivayele briefing the audience on the fish harvest

A total of 6 ton of tilapia (3-Spot tilapia) was harvested in the presence of a pleasantly amused crowd. Large scoops of fish were collected from the pond and eagerly moved up the bank with Honourable Minister Bernhard Esau leading the way. The fish was then transported to the sorting, packaging and chill freezer for sale to the public. A crowd gathered and wated in lines to buy the fresh fish. The MFMR treated the guests and the general public to a delicious fresh fish meal.

Job well done ...!!!  

The North west team from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries busy dragging the net for the harvest
3 ton of healthy 3-Spot tilapia from one pond for public consumption
Honourable Deputy Minister Chief Ankama and Honourable Minister Esua in high spirit with the successful harvest
Cuban Aquaculture experts, Mr Eldys and Ernesto enjoying the proceedings
Aquaculture staff from the North west sub-Division  sorting the fish
Packaging of the fish to be frozen in the chill freezers
Lucia Dula waiting in line for a delicous meal

Members of the public patiently waiting in line to purchase the fresh fish

Broodstock Collection for 2015: Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute

KIFI staff busy collecting broodstock at Kwetse in the Mahangu National Park
The Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) in the northern regions of Namibia is currently busy collecting Oreochromis andersonii (3-Spot tilapia) broodstock for the Genetic Selection Project to be undertaken at Onavivi Inland Aquaculture Center. 

6th Annual Science Forum of the Benguela Current Commission (BCC): Swakopmund, 13-15 October 2014

The 6th Annual Science Forum of the Benguala Current Commission took place at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainmet Centre from 13 to 15 October 2014. The Forum was officially opened by Honourable Minister Bernhard Esua of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR). 

Read more about the this event on the BCLME website at:

Science Forum 2014:

Participants listening attentively to the opening address of  the Honourable Minister B. Esau from the MFMR

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Stakeholders attending the meeting on illegal fishing in Mahangu park. FRTL: Warrant Makushe (Station Commander: Divundu Police Station), Mr. Sitengu (KIFI), Mr. Horst Koch (Ndovo Safari Lodge), Mr. Shaun O'Driscoll and Otto Grimm from Ngepi Camp. MET staff memebers from Mahangu Park and  Kamutjonga Village Development Council member Mr. Frans Kutenda along with Kamutjonga village members, Fisheries Inspectorate  and 4 KIFI staff members  attended the meeting
Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) called on stakeholders for an extra-ordinary meeting on illegal commercial fishing on the Kavango river in the Mahangu National Park. The meeting was attended by 5 different Stakeholdersholders including the Namibian Police, Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) from Mahangu National Park, Lodge owners, Fisheries Inspectorate and representatives from Kamutjonga Village. Mahangu National Park is currently the only protected area for fish in the entire Kavango river.

Illegal drag netting and fishing of commercial scale in the Mahangu Park has been observed by several individuals. Several arrests were made involving large numbers of fish. The financial rewards of these illegal activities have been motivating the purpetrators to continue with these illegal activities.

The purpose of the Stakeholder meeting was to create a contact network in order for quick response in case people are observed entering or exiting the park.  It was reported in the meeting that illegal fishing is taking place on both sides of the park. It was decided to invite Botswana Police and Parks and Wildlife officials to a follow up meeting in order to address illegal fishing  at the border with Botswana.  Mr. Burger, from KIFI also promised to request for Fisheries Inspectors to be stationed at KIFI for proper control. 

Warrant Makushe, Station Commander of the Divundu Police Station echoed her support to the innitiative. Police officers stationed at KIFI will arrest individuals and charges will also be made by the Fisheries Inspectors.  Lodge owners and Kamutjonga village members were adamant that this activity is destroying the natural resource where it is supposed to be protected and it is negatively affecting the socio economic environment at Kamutjonga and the larger Divundu area. Food security of villagers dependant on quality protein from fish is suffering as breeding fish in the park is being decimated by the illegal drag netting. Lodge owners also reported a sharp decline in catches made by sport fisherman that practice catch and release fishing as a result of the illegal fishing.

A follow up meeting will be sheduled in the near future