Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences

Aquatic Animal Health Facilities

City University of Hong Kong, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences (JCC) has explored and secured a series of locations for education and research units for aquatic animal health teaching and research. The following locations are the College’s extension units and partners where staff and students can work together to promote international excellence in higher education and aquaculture industry.

For examples of the Department’s aquatic animal health research please click HERE.

Research and Extension Units

1. Aquaculture Research CentreSha Tau Kok
2. Marine Fish farmSai Kung, Tai Tau Chau

Strategic Partnerships

A. Grand AquariumOcean Park Hong Kong, Aberdeen
B. Gei Wai Nature ReserveWWF RAMSAR site, Mai Po

Research Facilities

Sha Tau Kok Aquaculture Research Centre

Sha Tau Kok farm is located at the northern waters of Hong Kong, sized about 180,000 square feet, with abundance species and rich biodiversity suitable for aquaculture initiatives.

The farm comprises an lobster farm with all necessary accessories installed, notably a recirculation system, raceways systems, disinfection systems, etc, and is readily available for immediate usage. Other than the lobster farm, a currently-functioning fish culture pond is also included in the area, with advanced pumping and filtration system in place. Nursery facilities for juveniles and other supplementary infrastructures, such as septic tanks, are all coming in handy.

The Centre will be the most crucial part of fisheries and aquatic science research and education in the CVMLS. Areas of study will focus on: aquatic biology; breeding of aquatic species, fisheries management and conservation.


Tai Tau Chau Fish Culture Zone (Fish Raft)

In collaboration with CityU State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP), a fish raft was originally established and operated at O Pui Tong, Kat O, which is an island at the northeast of Hong Kong. The Raft has been recently moved to Tai Tau Chau, Sai Kung. The fish raft plays the role as an experimental based mariculture platform to support in situ scientific research and initiatives.

The fish raft was equipped with a real-time observatory system which is capable to measure various physio-chemical parameters including air temperature, surface water temperature, turbidity, salinity, pH, dissolved oxygen and nutrients, as well as biological parameters such as chlorophyll a.

Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration with WWF in the Gei Wai management at Mai Po Nature Reserve

Gei wai (literally means a pond enclosed by an earthen dyke) is a traditionally managed intertidal shrimp pond. Shrimp farming at gei wai is an extensive culture system with multiple water channels running through the pond. Many juvenile shrimps are drained into gei wai, while renewed sources of nutrient enter the ponds as well to sustain the vitality of shrimps.

Recently, poor management of shrimp cultivation in many parts of Asia causes adverse impacts, including the loss of mangrove and soil, water salinization, overexploitation of wild stock of shrimp, destruction of natural seed resources, the abuse of chemicals, etc. It is worth considering a sustainable aquaculture of shrimp in Hong Kong.

In collaboration with WWF, we will promote the sustainability of shrimp aquaculture by integrating modern commercial practices with traditional gei wai, including:

  • The research of production cycle of gei wai shrimps and fishes and the biodiversity at gei wai;
  • To conduct water quality of the gei wai;
  • To build up fish health programme at gei wai;
  • To manage the ecosystem of gei wai;
  • To introduce proper artificial feeds;
  • To develop and apply better husbandry and veterinary care of shrimp aquaculture; and
  • To release the shrimp fry of native species.

Collaboration with Ocean Park Hong Kong

The academic vision of CityU is to pursue excellence in professional education and to respond to the needs of society. Ocean Park is an educational theme park in Hong Kong. It is a not-for-profit organization that aims to provide elements of entertainment, education and conservation to the society.

With the increasing attention and concern on environmental and sustainability issues throughout the entire world, CityU and Ocean Park intend to enter into agreements addressing potential collaborative activities by advocating, facilitating and participating in the conservation of wildlife and habitats, with an emphasis on Asia, through research and education collaboration programmes.