FirstWave Group is Africa's leading aquaculture firm. We have built and operate a vertically-integrated group of companies across the production, distribution and retail of fish and aquafeed in Southern and Eastern Africa. With headquarters in Amsterdam and Johannesburg, we have 1,000 dedicated team-members across Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa and Europe. Our purpose is to sustainably provide an abundant supply of affordable protein to the growing African markets.

Aquaculture & Processing

FirstWave sustainably produces tilapia fish in the pristine open waters of Lake Kariba and Lake Victoria. Our fish are a low-fat nutrient-rich source of protein, vitamins & micronutrients, a great source of food-security for the growing populations of Southern & Eastern Africa. A robust environmental management system promotes a positive relationship with our environment and in particular the lakes on which we operate. FirstWave produces both fresh ‘whole round’ and ‘gutted & scaled’ fish for the broader market, alongside processed and retail-packaged products to serve the modern trade sector.

Fish Distribution & Retail

We distribute over 35 million fish per year through 50+ of our own fishmonger retail stores, traditional markets and most major supermarkets. Our in-house cold-chain distribution network ensures that at least 150 points of presence are stocked with fresh fish every week. FirstWave’s vertical integration and production efficiencies mean that we can supply fish a price point never before possible in urban Africa. A growing export footprint is now serving an increasing number of neighbouring countries.


In partnership with Aller-Aqua Group A/S we own and operate Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and most modern aquafeed factory. We produce a vegetable-based diet, with no-GMO and no antibiotics. Over 90% of our inputs are locally sourced, providing further job creation and supporting local industry. Aller Aqua Zambia serves most major aquaculture firms in Southern & Eastern Africa, with local distributors in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Angola and Botswana.