Can Tho University (CTU) was founded in 1966 and is a multidisciplinary university and one of 12 score universities in Vietnam. The main missions of CTU are providing training programs for all levels including bachelor, master and doctor; conducting researches and transferring technology to serve the Mekong delta economic development. After 40 years of development, CTU has been recognized as one of leading universities in Vietnam, especially in the fields of agriculture and aquaculture/fisheries. CTU has 10 schools and colleges, over 1,500 teaching and supporting staff members and 30,000 students.
The College of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CAF) is one of 10 schools/colleges of CTU and was found in 1976. It has 45 permanent staff and 65 project based staff (of which 19 hold PhD and 20 are following PhD programs), and has been involved in education, research and technology transfer to serve the development of aquaculture and fisheries, especially for the Southern part of Vietnam. CAF’s research has been focusing on reproduction, nutrition, physiology, diseases, farming practices of high economical value species, especially indigenous species such as catfishes (Pangasius bocourti and Pangasianodon hypophthalmus), mud crab (Scylla spp.), marine shrimp (Penaeus monodon), and the giant freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii). CAF has just recently been up-grading its bio-technology, physiology, nutrition, pathology and food safety laboratories. During the last five years, CAF has conducted more than 70 different sized research projects, of which 15 have been internationally funded. CAF has implemented 5 INCO-DEV (EC) projects, of which 2 projects are completed, 2 projects now at completion phase and 1 project started.
Tackling marine litter through circular innovation European Union
In the heart of the Bay of Biscay, where the azure waters meet the Spanish Basque Country, the BLUENET project set sail to tackle lost fishing gear, upcycling the ominous 'ghost-nets'.