Since 1989 the company employed the latest technologically advanced equipment and was the first in Africa to manufacture and use circular HDPE aquaculture cages. As all fish farmers all over the world I originally tried to accomplish the task with the cheapest option but as others before me can also testify, the cheapest option is NOT the best option in the long run, and we fish farmers by definition are in it for the long run. In the past 25 years we have gone through HDPE plastic rings, plank and barrel combinations with HDPE plastic, plank and plastic drum models and plain steel /HDPE variations arriving finally at a worker friendly, cost effective and reliable cage structures. With the growth of the sizes of our cages, and the entry of corporate fish farming entities, we have travelled the full circle and now include ultra-large HDPE cages for those farms where service vessels are used, with cranes etc which eliminates the need for staff making daily walks around the cages.
During this period Cape Trout also obtained EU Certification for the export of trout ova to the EU. All the hatchery equipment was designed and toughened for use in rural African conditions as a necessity with the result that we can offer truly tough and proven technology for hatcheries producing many types of finfish.
A&AT now reproduces these successful developments and continues to research for the benefit of other finfish farmers throughout the world with the added benefit of knowledge that every piece of equipment has been thoroughly tested and has proven its value and reliability on a working fish farm prior to being released for general use. Although the critical equipment has been designed by engineers, it has been tested by real-life fish farmers and that is your guarantee!
All steel components are manufactured by reputable and accredited workshops under our direct supervision and mild steel components are fully hot-dipped galvanised to protect the equipment for many, many maintenance-free years. Our HDPE cages use PE100 grade virgin polyethylene with wall thicknesses consistent with ISO9002 and SABS standards. We do all our welding with our own equipment on-site, guaranteeing consistent and top quality welds.