The missions of the department are to offer education, research and training on freshwater aquaculture to meet the increasing demands in the region.
The department offers two major fields on seed production and culture techniques. Major subjects of educational program consist of Freshwater aquaculture systems, Fish breeding technology, Ornamental fish culture. In addition to theories courses, students are also attending practical subjects on fish breeding in hatchery. Besides offering coursed for Bachelor student, the department also serves coursework on Freshwater Aquaculture for Master and Doctoral students.
The department has succeeded in artificial propagation of many indigenous fish species. These consist of Pangasius catfish, Clarias catfish, Climbing perch, Giant snakehead, Marble loach, Marble goby, barbs, Chinese and Indian carps. The department also conducts research, develop and apply different aquaculture systems to the farmers in the Mekong delta. In the future, sustainable aquaculture is one of the priority researches for the Mekong delta.
The department regularly or casually offers short training courses for local and international participants such as:
- Integrated farming system such as VAC, rice - fish, giant prawn - rice
- Intensive pond culture systems (catfish, climbing perch, snakehead) and in cage (catfish, marble goby, Tilapia, barbs)
- Freshwater Fish Seed production such as Pangasius catfish, Clarias catfish, snakehead, climbing perch, feather knife fish, Chinese carps and Indian carps
- Study tours on inland aquaculture in the Mekong Delta.