To say production at Ghanaian tilapia producer Tropo Farms has stagnated over the last three years would only tell half the story.

A catastrophic disease event in Lake Volta, the Ghana's primary farming area, taught the company valuable lessons and appears to have helped put it on a solid growth trajectory.

The company, which under founder Mark Amechi, had ambitious plans to triple its 8,000-10,000 metric ton production back in 2018, today finds itself stuck at that same volume, after sanitary conditions in Lake Volta deteriorated and 60-90 percent of its -- and other producers' -- fish were lost to infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV).