Thursday, July 30, 2015

Study Opportunity: Masters in Fisheries Science: Wuxi China

WUXI and KIFI staff during their visit in 2013

How are you doing?

This is Eileen from  FFRC, i.e. Wuxi fisheries college of Nanjing agricultural university (WFC). 

We paid a visit there in 2013 if you still remember. (read more about this visit at:

Eileen (Zhang Lin) with KIFI staff members

In September this year, we are going to organize this two-year international education 
program---2015-2017 Professional Master's Program in Fishery Science for developing 
countries, which is fully supported by Ministry of Commerce(MofCOM) and granted by 
Ministry of Education of China;

  I'm writing in the wish that you could help to spread this information to those who are 
interested and qualified, so they could apply through Chinese Embassy there.
Those who apply successfully will get the full scholarship plus a round-ticket for 
coming and returning offered by the Ministry. So it's really a good opportunity.

Besides,  another two seminars are going to be held in our center (download below) 

Potential candidates may also be recommended to ECC through your government, 
or if not possible, to us directly.

Thank you very much for your support and effort; any question, please let me know.

Full details of the description about this program and the application form can be downloaded at: 

张霖 ZHANG Lin
Freshwater Fisheries Research Center, CAFS
East Shanshui Rd., Wuxi, China
TEL +86 510 85555796
Mobile+86 13921186180

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vietnam Aquaculture Training on Feed Formulation and Reproduction of Tilapia: May - July 2015

The Research Institute for Aquaculture close to Hanoi, Vietnam

Marine brood stock centre at Cat Ba
More photos available 


Video available at: uploaded soon...!!!

Vietnam is a water rich narrow country of more than 300 000 square km stretching over 2000 km from the sub-tropical north to the tropical south with a population of just over 90 million people. In the north it shares a  border with China and to the west with Laos and Cambodia. The country is blessed with an average precipitation of over 2000 mm of rain per year. Water can be found everywhere. Rice production and fish farming is a culture in Vietnam. The country has one million hectares under aquaculture and produce more than 5 million tons of fish per annum of which about 2 million ton (mostly catfish) is exported. Vietnam is the 4th biggest aquaculture producer in the world with more than 3 million people permanently involved with aquaculture. The production potential for catfish on one hectare is 300-600 tons per annum. The tropical south of Vietnam is suitable for grow-out throughout the year with optimum water temperatures. The north of Vietnam has a colder winter and therefore shorter growing period for fish.

15 Staff members from the Directorate of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries (DoAIF) in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) were so very fortunate to be supported by the Africa Development Bank to participate in a comprehensive aquaculture training course at the Research Institute for Aquaculture No1 (RIA No1) in the Buchning Province of Vietnam close to the capital Hanoi.
Paradise Hotel in Tu Son, accommodated both groups during their stay

The participants were divided into two groups. Group 1 (8 staff members) headed by Dr. Moses Maurihungirire (Director: DoAIF) with 8 participants attended the first leg of the one month training course from May to June 2015. Group 2 (7 staff members) headed by Mr. RD Burger (Deputy Director: DoAIF Northern Division) attended the 2nd leg of the course from 19 June to 20 July 2015. 

The  Training Programme covered several topics on feed formulation and reproduction of tilapia and catfish followed by practical field work sessions. The training material can be downloaded at:

The training course included several visits to private fish farms, feed factory and brood stock centres. Enough time was allocated for participants to familiarise themselves with the Vietnamese culture and food. The 2 day trip to Cat Ba, a world heritage site, was amazing. 

The way forward for Aquaculture in Namibia from this training course:

  • Land for aquaculture production close to permanent water bodies needed for investors
  • Private investment in terms of feed production
  • Genetic potential of brood stock  need to improve in order to produce certified seed
  • Replacement of tilapia brood stock at least every 3 years
  • Improved feed quality, feed conversion and growth through extrusion of feed 
  • Use of all male tilapia fingerlings for grow-out (approval needed to use male hormone)
  • Induced breeding of catfish to improve
  • Management programmes for fish farms need to be implemented
  • Water quality and fish health monitoring to be a priority
  • Aquatic Biosecurity Strategy and compliance mechanism to be developed for Namibia

Namibian participants of group 2 with the RAI 1 Director and lecturers
Special word of appreciation to Mr. Mai Van Thai and his wife, Queen for the extraordinary care that they took of the MFMR staff during their stay in Vietnam. Thank you very much

Mr. Mai Van Thai and his wife, Queen taking special care of the MFMR staff