Saldanha Bay’s proposed sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ) has been granted environmental authorisation. The zone will enhance sustainable aquaculture expansion in Saldanha Bay and contribute towards the realisation of the aquaculture aspirations of Operation Phakisa, which is a government initiative that was designed to fast track the implementation of solutions on critical development issues.  This is a unique initiative to address issues highlighted in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 such as poverty, unemployment and inequality. Aquaculture has been practiced in Saldanha Bay since the 1980’s and it is one of the primary locations for the culture of key commercial cold-water species such as oysters, mussels and salmon. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana says the ADZ has the potential to meet the Operation Phakisa production target and increase local employment, with 2 500 direct permanent jobs on offer. –  Engineering News

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