Invasive or imperative? South Africa’s quandary over Nile tilapia

Popular and adaptable, Nile tilapia are leading cichlid production worldwide. So why is the species banned in three of South Africa’s nine provinces? As Conchita Milburn reports, managing South Africa’s tilapia stocks is a balancing act that pits the sector’s growth against conserving indigenous species.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

The introduction of the potentially invasive O. niloticus into South African river systems, via escapees from aquaculture facilities, is a cause of concern for the conservation of indigenous tilapia.


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