Mahlatse Fortunate Mashaphu

Mahlatse Fortunate Mashaphu

 

Mahlatse Fortunate Mashaphu

MSc Student

Conservation of Oreochromis mossambicus in KwaZulu-Natal and the importance of Albert Falls Dam fisheries for this species.

 

 

 

I’m working as a Junior Researcher (MSc. Candidate) of the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Programme of UKZN. I’m a qualified Aquaculturist and I will be primarily working on the Conservation of Oreochromis mossambicus in KwaZulu-Natal and the importance of Albert Falls Dam fisheries for this species. Mozambique Tilapia is one of the crucial freshwater fish species for the aquaculture industry in south Africa, however its pure genetic resources is being threatened by factors such as hybridization, natural drivers and anthropogenic activities. As a result, it has become important to observe other possible ways to conserve the species. Therefore, the current study aims to characterize the genetic representation of O. mossambicus from Albert Falls Dam for populations in KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, the study aims to evaluate the growth performance of O. mossambicus populations from KwaZulu-Natal and evaluate the suitability of Albert Falls to conserve O. mossambicus for aquaculture purposes.

In addition, I will be working on the genetic assessment of fishes in KZN, crocodile fish culture study for Agribusiness Development Agency which involves evaluating the use of Oreochromis mossambicus as alternative feed for crocodiles. Lastly, I will be involved in management and operation of the UKZN aquarium.

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