Don’t give a man a fish, teach him to grow fish

Lake Shore Lodge is working on establishing financing for a Tilapia farm on our property.  The three main reasons behind wanting to start this project are:

Although some scientists are now blaming Global warming for the serious drop in fish quantities, after living here for 12 years, I can personally ascertain that, in large part, there is also an ever-increasing number of people that need to be fed-hopefully sustainably.

It is my belief that the negative effects of overfishing will do more to decimate the fish populations in the next 20 years, than the effects of Global warming.

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This is our dream project, incorporated into Lake Shore Lodge to create a 24 pond Tilapia aquaculture project on the rear of our property.  We will only use the 'oreochromis tanganicae', which is endemic to Lake Tanganyika, thereby not introducing any potentially harmful foreign species.

(If you would like to learn more about the project please contact me directly on chris@lakeshoretz.com)

Initially we will choose 40 local villagers, who express interest in learning about aquaculture.  The employees will gain all the training in this regard from rearing the hatchlings, growing the fish and then the final harvesting of the fish.  Once they have learnt all there is to know, we will provide each employee with their own "Starter Kit" to go on and grow their own fish, in their own villages.  This will create a pyramid employment effect, thus slowly reducing the need for fishermen to continue extracting the ever-reducing fish from this precious lake.  In order to keep the fishermen in the loop, we will offer every registered fishermen, in our area an AGENCY.  By buying our fish at a discount and selling them on for a profit, it is our hope that even the fishermen will make more money from selling our fish, than they would by fishing themselves, thereby creating a WIN-WIN business model for all.

We have already experimented with a brooding stock and the tilapia are great breeders, some, disrespectfully dub them the 'rodents' of the lake - but they taste GREAT.

The initial farm will include a full hatchery, where by playing with the temperature, we will ensure that we get a mostly male population.  This is normally achieved using chemicals, but we choose not to do it that way, because it could always seep into the lake and cause catastrophic effects later.

The project will also include a pellet making machine, so that we can make our own fish food.  Although fish food can be purchased, this doesn't help the local villagers.  We will create an out-growers farming program, for all the input ingredients, so that we can manufacture our own food, that is grown locally.  This will further create really great job opportunities for local farmers to grow the crops we need.  We will give them the seeds they need and buy whatever they grow to put into the pellet machine to make the fish nice and fat!

The STARTER KITS that we have developed can also be bought or sponsored and made readily available to locals who want to grow their own fish.  These kits are not as sophisticated as the INITIAL farmed fish production, but it will provide a small family with the resources to generate enough fish protein to supply their families with good nutrition, relatively easily.

The kits are put together using locally obtainable equipment and will require very low effort in order to grow fish to suitable edible sizes relatively quickly.

The equipment forming the kit is:

  • plastic, 1000 litre tank in stainless steel frame, with top hatch and bottom drain valve

  • 100 w solar panel, 1 x N 100 solar battery and a 12v solar water pump

  • starter kit includes 50 fingerlings and a starter batch of fish food

The entire starter kit will cost £850 and through interested clients and other kind donors, we are trying to raise money for these kits to get fish farming started here, whilst the main farm comes online

If you would like to donate towards helping feed a family please visit our Justgiving page by clicking below: