As you know, we’ve been working on growing our Tilapia farm- and boy has it taken off! Our original 8 adult Tilapia have now become nearly 900 baby and adolescent fish. How exciting! With 4 of our 5 tanks currently filled, we’re off to a great start! But as with each victory, there’s always a trial involved in it’s accomplishment. Our trial? Birds. These pesky (but, actually, quite pretty) birds, which look a bit like a small pelican, seem to believe they’ve found their food source in our Tilapia farm. And while one of our goals in advancing the Lord’s Kingdom in Haiti is to help meet the basic needs of the locals (i.e. food, clean water, shelter), we weren’t anticipating these birds including themselves in that project- turning our new development into their own regular smorgasbord. It was time to find a way to “shoo” them off.
With our first attempt of throwing rocks at the birds having a bit less long-term effectiveness than we had perhaps hoped, a barrier was soon built to cover the “baby tank”. It was cleverly put together with scrap wood and mosquito netting and served it’s purpose quite well. But it soon became apparent that with each of our tanks filling (as the number of fish were growing weekly), we would need to rethink our “Tilapia Protection Program”. So with that, a plan was made and a hard-working team of high school seniors from Camas, Washington got to work. They did an excellent job building a new netting system, complete with a walk-way that spans the length of the farm, giving easy tank access to our fish-caretakers. We are so grateful to the Camas team for lending their time and their skills to this project!