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Project Title

PANGAGEN: Towards a sustainable pangasius breeding, a selection approach

Project Partners

  • University of Liège (Belgium)

  • Can Tho University (Vietnam)

  • University of Namur (Belgium)

Funding Sponsor

ARES-CCD, Belgium

Budget (USD)

499580 €

Project Coordinator

Farnir Frédéric, University of Liège (ULg)

Local Coordinator

Nguyen Thanh Phuong (Can Tho University)

Project Period


Overall Objective

Contribute to the sustainable generation of profit along the striped catfish value chain and supply healthy fish products for the local population in the context of environmental changes

Specific Objectives

Provide sustainable and inclusive solutions to striped catfish farmers facing challenges linked to the increase of the salinity in the Mekong delta using genetic selection


  • Evaluate the effects of water salinity on striped catfish production and striped catfish production systems

  • Selection better adapted to brackish water conditions striped catfish

  • Training CTU capacity in fish genetic selection programmes

  • Setting up network of CTU and stakeholders (government seed centres and/or private hatcheries) involved in striped catfish farming for   breeder transfer process



  • Improved knowledge of water salinity effects on striped catfish production and striped catfish farming systems

  • Striped catfish better adapted to brackish water conditions are selected

  • CTU capacity to develop fish genetic selection programmes or breeding schemes is improved and genetic tools/material are available for striped catfish selection

  • The stakeholders affected by salinity interact through a network, including the smallholders, to improve their ability to interact with CTU and state their needs

  • Sustainable breeder transfer process between CTU, government seed centres and/or private hatcheries approved and implemented


Project website


 ASEAN Fisheries Education Network - ASEAN-FEN

In order to strengthen and promote collaboration in education, research, information exchange as well as staff and student exchange in aquaculture and fisheries among ASEAN countries and with other international institutions and organizations for sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries in the region, nine Universities including Can Tho University (Vietnam), Kasetsart University (Thailand), Nong Lam University (Viet Nam), Prince of Songkla University (Thailand), Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (Thailand), Universitas Airlangga (Indonesia), Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (Malaysia), Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia) has jointly established and made the Declaration of the  ASEAN Fisheries Education Network (ASEAN-FEN) on 30 October 2014 during the International Fisheries Symposium – IFS2014, Surabaya, Indonesia. Please visit the website ( for further information about the ASEAN-FEN. As a result, IFS will be one of the important activities of the ASEAN-FEN which will be co-organized by the nine core universities every year.


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