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Service/Product name: Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) Aquaculture Training course

Service/Product type: Training course

Service/Product provided by: Research Administration, International Cooperation and Education Department

Detail description

Course objectives

to provide principle knowledge and hands-on techniques of marine finfish hatchery and grow-out operation, with an emphasis on cobia

Course schedule

Duration: Three weeks during April—July

Number of participants: 10-20


- Classroom lectures: 5 days (combining practices)

- Hands-on techniques of seed production: 10 days

- Hands-on cage operation techniques: 2 days

- Field-trips: 3 days

- Final evaluation test: 1 day

Expected outcome

- Understand fundamental knowledge behind practical techniques used

- Gained necessary hands-on experience for operation of marine finfish hatchery and grow-out.

Course Evaluation

- Presentation of self-selected topics experienced during the course

- Personal evaluation of the course

Course fee

5,000 - 6,000 USD/participant/course depending on the number of participants and days. The cost covers local transportation, accommodation, and food, but not include international flight (The cost can be changed depend on requirements)

Course contents

Section 1: Classroom lectures

Module 1. Seed production

- Status of marine finfish hatchery and growth-out in Vietnam

- Biology of cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

- Mass production of live feed and enrichment: micro algae, rotifer and Artemia

- Site selection and  hatchery design

- Broodstock management and induced spawning

- Embryonic, larval morphological and behavioral development of cobia

- Egg quality evaluation (floating rate, fertilization rate, hatching rate, etc.)

- Disease prevention and treatment in hatchery

Module 2. Grow-out techniques

- Site selection, cage design and set-up

- Nutrition requirement of cobia

- Feed and feeding strategy for cobia

- Cage operation and management

- Fish health management and environmental monitoring 

Section 2: Hand-on practices

Module 1. Seed production

- Selection of broodstock for spawning

- Hormone stimulation and spawning

- Egg harvesting, evaluation of egg quality, disinfection and incubation

- Live feed production and enrichment for nursing cobia larvae

Module 2. Grow-out techniques

- Feeding practice

- Growth measurement

- Net changing and cleaning operation

- Fish health and environmental monitoring

Section 3. Field trip and study tour

- RIA-1 Headquarter in Bac Ninh and its Sub-institute in the central province of Nghe An     

- National Broodstock Center for Marine Species, Cat Ba, Hai Phong

- Brackish Aquaculture Center, Quy Kim, Hai Phong.

- Sight-seeing visit to President Ho Chi Minh’s home village in Nam Dan, Nghe An



Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1
Dinh Bang, Tu Son, Bac Ninh, Vietnam
Phone: +84-38273-072/ +84-38780-938 
Fax: +84-438-271-368