Mark Gough arrived at Chobe Bream in August of 2017 where he became the Operations Manager of Chobe Bream and I have only just arrived  in February 2018 as the Training Officer/ Data analyst for the farm. Both of us attended Rhodes University in Grahamstown in South Africa where we received BSc’s in Ichthyology and Fishery Science, however something that we both noticed was the large gap in knowledge when moving from theory to practical application when it comes to aquaculture.


Our Operations manager Mark Gough capturing the weekly fish weighing data.

When looking for aquaculture opportunities or work experience it is often about whom you know and some people will get lucky whilst others (who may have a serious drive to try aquaculture) simply do not have the opportunity to organise work experience. This puts them at a disadvantage to those who have had work experience through contacts.

Chobe Bream would like to even the playing field for young aquaculturists.

As you may have seen on our other pages, Chobe Bream has decided to start a training programme for locals and for people wanting to set up their own fish farms. This is a theory and practical based course where people are able to learn both in the classroom and use their hands to apply the knowledge they learn.

We understand that Universities have no need for such a course as you cover these theoretical lessons in your classwork and lectures; this is why we would like to propose work experience opportunities where students can get their hands wet and apply the theory work they have learnt in their lectures.

We feel this is important as so many young people in aquaculture do not know what they are going to do with their degrees when they have finished (as Mark and Frances were in the same boat).
It is important in Aquaculture that you test the job to see if it is what you want to do. The jobs in aquaculture are often in management positions and this is not something you want to start unless you can be sure it is something you can do.
Chobe Bream is the biggest RAS system in southern Africa in Oreochromis Andersonii. We feel students could gain a lot of experience in just this one system. We will also be constructing earth ponds in the next few months as well as a raceway. This will provide an even larger opportunity as it is rare that a student could learn and have work experience on all systems in aquaculture in one area.

  • What we offer:
    •  Work experience/ practical application
      • Teaching practical skills + behind the scenes management such as data on fish and science behind farming them.
    •  Reference letter
      • We will keep a short record on the student and the skills they acquire or already have, so that we may act as a reference for when they decide to look for a job
    • Accommodation
      • The students will be able to stay with our Team where they will have a room
  • Expenses:
    • P2000 per student/ week.
    • The student will have to pay for His/ Her own transport to Kasane.
    • The student will need to pay towards meals in the house.

At this point in time we will only accept 1 student a week as there is only one guest room however arrangements can be made for students that come as a team of two.

  • students must currently be studying aquaculture or studied aquaculture in the past.

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