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Project Title

Advanced Studies in Pond Culture- Keys to Success for Sustainable Artemia Farming

Project Partners

University of  Ghent and Can Tho University

Funding Sponsor

VLIR-UOS -Belgium


91,900 EUR

Project Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Bossier, Peter

Local Coordinator

Prof. Nguyen Anh Tuan

Project Period

July 2012 – July 2016

Overall Objective

Understanding nutrient dynamics in Artemia ponds with the aim to minimize input (e.g. fertilizer, supplementary food) but maximize out-put (biomass/cyst production) and to ensure environmental protection

Specific Objectives

  • Understanding C, N, P dynamics in Artemia culture system.

  • Understanding the roles of bacteria and bio-flocs in the Artemia culture system.

  • Appropriate management of algae in Artemia culture system.

  • Output of project on socio-economical aspcets in the study regions.

  • Upgrading of expertise of CTU staff through adequate training programme.


  • Study on N transformation rates and N bio-availability in water column and sediments; N uptake from pond water to biota; and fluctuation of C/N ratio in the Artemia culture system.

  • Measuring P-speciation in different aquatic culture systems of varying salinity with the application of state-of-the-art methods.

  • Study on C transformation rates and C bio-availability in water column and sediments and fluctuation of C/N ratio in the Artemia culture system.

  • Investigrate effect of salinity and C/N ratio on bacteria and bio-flocs in the water column in the Artemia culture system.

  • Assess qualitative and quantitative of phytoplankton in Artemia culture system by N, P manipulation of N, P.

  • Organise field demonstrations with new technologies (application of biofloc in Artemia culture and 2-3 training courses for Artemia farmers.

  • Evaluate socio-economic aspects.


  • Report on dynamics of N, C, P in Artemia culture system;

  • Report on bacteria, bio-flocs in Artemia culture system;

  • Protocol of bio-floc management in Artemia culture;

  • Report on micro-algae in Artemia culture system;

  • Report and protocol of micro-algae management in Artemia culture

  • 10-20 local Artemia farmers attending demonstrations;

  • 50-100 Artemia farmers attending training courses;

  • Report on socio-economic aspects of applying new technologies.

  • Project-related activities post-project through diverse initiatives (governmental, cooperative, private sector)

  • 1-2 CTU staff members every year through short term training courses or PhD at Ugent.

  • 5-6 CTU staff member through Master of Science in Aquaculture at CTU.

  • 15-20 by training 3-4 CTU students through Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture at CTU.

  • 2-4 Ugent students to fulfill their internship courses/theses in Master of Science in Aquaculture.

  • 3-5 papers (Vietnamese journal)

  • 2-3  papers (international journal)

  • Final scientific report

  • Financial report

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 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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