The National Breeding Centre for Freshwater Aquaculture in the Southern Region is trying to save some endemic species in the Cuu Long ( Mekong ) River that face the threat of extinction.

Pham Van Khanh, its director, said following research into the biology and reproduction of many freshwater fish species, the centre has innovated nearly 30 techniques to breed fishes.

It has also drawn up breeding standards for various freshwater fishes for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The centre has developed a programme to sustain the gene pools of various species of freshwater creatures and conserved around 20 species of high-value freshwater fish, which used to be commonly brought up in the Mekong Delta.

It has developed a technology to store frozen sperm from fish like “tra co”, “ho” and carp and successfully reproduced the “ho” and “tra soc”, two endemic species in the delta that face a high risk of extinction. The centre has cooperated with several domestic and international organisations for programmes to develop freshwater aquaculture in the region.

It produces 20 – 40 million fish fries every year, including those of the ho. Besides, it has imported and domesticated three Indian fish species since 1984./.