City University of Hong Kong, School of Veterinary Medicine has explored and secured a series of locations for education and research units for aquaculture teaching and research. The following locations are the school’s extension units and partners where staff and students can work together to promote international excellence in higher education and aquaculture industry.
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|1. Aquaculture Research Centre||Sha Tau Kok|
|2. Marine Fish farm||Sai Kung, Tai Tau Chau|
|3. Aquatic Science Lab||City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon|
|4. Fish Culture Pond||San Tin, Lok Ma Chau|
|5. Kat O Aquatic Research Centre||Kat O (Crooked Island)|
|A. Grand Aquarium||Ocean Park Hong Kong, Aberdeen|
|B. Gei Wai Nature Reserve||WWF RAMSAR site, Mai Po|
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 SVM. Areas of study will focus on: aquatic biology; breeding of aquatic species, fisheries management and conservation.
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.
The laboratory purpose is for education and research in the fields of environmental ecotoxicology, marine ecology, marine pollution, mariculture and conservation. It consists of wet and dry area, a 24-hour air-conditioned room with light-dark cycle (12/12h) photoperiod, recirculation/filtered seawater system, air pump, and fibre-glass tanks provided.
The culture area covers a number of brackish fish culture ponds. Target fish species will include grey mullet, grass carp, etc. This site will be used for husbandry and other on-growing processes of the aforementioned aquatic species.
Kat O (Crooked Island) is located in the Northeast of Hong Kong. The island was once a fishing village and had one of the biggest fish markets in Hong Kong. CityU has recently acquired an abandoned school on the Island, namely Kut O Public School. This was the only school on the island providing education opportunities to fishermen’s children. However, with the decline in fishery industry and the decrease in the island’s population, the school eventually closed in 2005. CityU will revitalize the school for aquatic research initiatives, which will also sustain and maintain the cultural heritage of this historical fishing village.
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 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.