Ministry of Fisheries& Marine Resources

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI), the hub of  inland fisheries research in Namibia

Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI)

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) is located at the corner of Uhlands and Goethe streets. From the airport drive along Sam Nujoma Drive. As soon as you reach the main city of Windhoek, on your right, take the Nelson Mandela Avenue, drive towards the north and at the second traffic lights, turn left up the hill to reach Uhland Street. Turn right and you will get to the corner of Goethe Street on your left after two stops only. The Directorate of Aquaculture is on the second floor.

Inland Fisheries research and 
Aquaculture research and training takes place at Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI). You turn to your right from the Trans Caprivi Highway at Divundu towards the Mohembo border post between Namibia and Botswana. Travel for about 20 km until you find the Kamutjonga turn-off to your left. Travel for about one kilometer until you reach the gate of Kamutjonga Fisheries Institute (KIFI)  

The overall mandate of MFMR is:
To  sustainably manage the  living aquatic resources and promote the aquaculture sector.

Vision Statement:
For Namibia to be a leading fishing nation with a well developed aquaculture industry

To responsibly manage living aquatic  resources to continuously ensure a conducive  environment for the fishing and aquaculture sector to prosper

The Aquaculture Sector (Fresh Water and Mariculture)

The aquaculture sector should make meaningful contribution to poverty alleviation and food security through job creation, economic and rural development and to significantly contribute towards economic growth and socio-economic well being in Namibia

To create a diverse fresh water sector for maximizing socio-economic opportunities and benefits for all its people, and develop a marine aquaculture industry that is both sustainably profitable and engaged with other sectors.

Mandate of the MFMR

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has the mandate to sustainably manage the living aquatic resources and promote the aquaculture sector.The mandate is derived from various policy and regulatory instruments covering the mandates of  fisheries and marine resources. The primary policy and regulatory instruments for the MFMR are:

Main Activities of the Directorate Aquaculture

1. To produce primarily tilapia (Oreochromisandersonii), catfish (Clariasgariepinus) and carp (Cyprinuscarpio) for freshwater; whileas oysters (Crassostriagigas&Ostreaedulis) and abalones (Haliotismidae) are predominately produced under mariculture.
 2. Fish feed production, using local available ingredients.
 3.Identification of potential local small scale farmers for food security
 4. Responsible development with regard to aquatic disease surveillance.
 5.Research and survey
 6.Monitoring and control of shared rivers (Kavango& Zambezi)
7.To ensure that aquaculture in Namibia is aligned with global best practices, the Government has put in place legislation and several policies , namely:
·                 Aquaculture Policy (2001),
·                 Aquaculture Act (2002)
·                 Regulation of Licensing(2003)
·                 Aquaculture Strategic Plan(2004)
·                 Import – Export HealthRegulations (2010)

The Ministry is at the final stage of developing a National Aquaculture Master Plan for both Freshwater and Marine Aquaculture, which will be documented by July 2012.

The Government of Namibia anticipates freshwater aquaculture to enhance food security, generate income and improve rural livelihoods through a pro-poor policy with production targeted primarily to ensure food security in local communities, marine aquaculture known as mariculture targets farming of high value export species.

The Directorate of Aquaculture as of 2012 has 89 staff from a total of 103 approved positions.
Administrators: 10
Technicians: 35

What Is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is defined as the cultivation of aquatic organisms, such as fish and shellfish or of plants, such as seaweed, in a controlled and sometimes enclosed body of water. On a technical level, aquaculture is defined in Namibia 's Aquaculture Act (no. 18 of 2002) as the “farming and ranching of aquatic organisms”. Both terms include the use of salty, fresh or brackish water.
There are two forms of aquaculture, which we differentiated with respect to their location, and by the nature of the type of aquaculture being practiced. These are “mariculture/marine aquaculture” and “ inland aquaculture”.
  • Inland Aquaculture
Inland freshwater fisheries are important in less arid areas such as the Caprivi and Okavango regions in the North East and the Omusati, Kunene and Oshana regions in the North West . Commercial freshwater aquaculture of tilapia ( Oreochromis andersonii), catfish ( Clarias gariepinus) and carp (Cyprinuscarpiois currently undertaken at all inland aquaculture establishments throughout the country.

About 50% of the rural population live in the northern regions and derive food, income and informal employment from inland fish resources. Inland aquaculture includes on-land facilities and utilizes ponds, tanks, and enclosures that are dependent upon the culturists for maintenance of water quality, food supply, and waste removal.
  • Mariculture
Oysters (Crassostriagigas&Ostreaedulis) and abalones (Haliotismidae) are predominately produced under mariculture.

More Links on Aquaculture 

- Types of Aquaculture:
  Feed Plant/Factory 
FMR Regional and planned offices 
- Aquaculture Production 
- Aquaculture marketing and Employement 
- Aquaculture projects countrywide