Advisory & Consulting Services:

Dr Lizeth Botes obtained her BSc at the University of Port Elizabeth in 1994, her BSc Honors in 1996 at the University of Stellenbosch and her PhD in 2003 at the University of Cape Town (specializing in Aquaculture). In 2004, she was contracted in by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape to start a Coordinating Agency for the Aquaculture Sector called the Aquaculture Institute of South Africa (AISA). From 2004 – 2010, she worked for AISA as the CEO and initiated and coordinated (in collaboration with various organisations) much needed programmes and projects for the Aquaculture Sector. These collaborations included both international and national organisations such Swisscontact , Marine Institute in Ireland, Bureau Veritas Group in Denmark, World Wide Fund (WWF), Industry Associations, Industry Working Groups, Universities, Colleges, Government, Conservation agencies, Animal Welfare agencies and many more. She served from 2006-2010 as the Chairperson of the Southern Aquaculture Working Group (SAWG) and from 2006 – 2010 as an Executive Member on the Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa’s (AASA) Executive Committee .

She currently holds an Internal Associate posistion at the International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa Branch.


With over 20 years of experience in the South African Aquaculture Sector, Dr Botes offers advice to new and already existing aquaculture businesses. Past projects and programmes that she has worked on includes:


2011- to date: Aquaculture projects and programmes

1. BSASA KelpFarming Project Manager: This project is a collaboration between the Bibalve Shellfish Farmer's Associaiton of South Africa (BSASA), Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) and the Foreign, Commonweallth & Develoment Office (FCDO). Funded through UK Aid by the United Kingdom Government and implemented on farm sites in the Saldanha Bay Aquaculture Develoment Zone (ADZ).

2.  Abalone farm Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's): Writing, Training and Implementation thereof

3. Assisting the AgriSETA with the development of Aquaculture Qualifications  (Aquaculture Farmer and Aquaculture farmworker) to be implemented in the new QCTO National Qualifications Training Framework.

4. Assisting the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) with sourcing South African Aqauculture companies to attend the Brussels Seafood Expo in 2013.

5. Assisting abalone farms with their Red Tide Management Plans

6. Assisting abalone farms with submitting their Workplace Skills Plans (WSP) and Annual Training Reports (ATR)

7. Assisting and advising abalone farms on their workforce training needs


2004 - 2010: Aquaculture projects and programmes

1. In 2010, assisting the WWF with incorporating Aquaculture species into their Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) pocket guide.

2. In 2009-2010, in collaboration with WWF-SA, compiling a Practical Guide to Responsible Aquaculture.

3. In 2009, putting in place the first visual representation of the Western Cape aquaculture sector in the form of a GIS map in collaboration with the Western Cape provincial government.

4. 2009 AISA Benchmarking Survey (including the supply and demand side) of the South African Aqauculture sector.

5. 2006 AISA Benchmarking Survey of the South African Aquaculture sector

6. Initiating and coordinating the Trout Quality and Health Management Programme (QHMP) from 2008-2011.

7. In 2010, facilitating and coordinating a friendly EU assessment of the Trout QHMP in 2010 (in collaboration with Swisscontact [South Africa] and Bureau Veritas Group, [Denmark])

8. In 2004, facilitating and coordinating a "mock EU mission" to assess the South African Shellfish Monitoring Programme (SMP) (in collaboration with the Marine Institute, Ireland)

9. Initiating and coordinating the Skills Development and Training programme (STP) from 2008-2011.

10. In 2006, reported on 2 case studies of Transformation and Black Economic Empowerment in the Aquaculture sector

11. In 2006, investigating and reported on the value-adding opportunities, by-product opportunities and cross-sector opportunities in the aquaculture sector.

12. Assisting various government departments on provincial and national level with Aquaculture policies and strategies.


2001 – 2004: International Global Ballast Water Management Programme
1. Saldanha Bay Port Survey project: Phytoplankton identification catalogue
2. Brown tide project: The Brown tide species, A. anophagefferens has a negative impact on the marine aquaculture industry situated in Saldanha Bay. This project investigated (in collaboration with the CSIR) the social-economic impact of this species in the area, shipping routes between the USA and RSA, the genetic relatedness of the USA and RSA species and aims to conclude if the possibility exist of it being introduced from the USA
3. Ballast Water Treatment project. This project (in collaboration with Resource Engineering Environmental Solutions) investigated ballast water treatment options for ships entering South African waters and harbours