Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, one of the earliest Institutes in the field of fishery sciences, was founded in Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province in 1958. In 1965, it was moved to Shashi City (now Jingzhou City), Hubei province.
The specimen hall of YRFRI
The Institute is constituted of two research labs named as Key Laboratory of Freshwater Fish Germplasm Resources and Biotechnology，Ministry of Agriculture of China, and Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Healthy Aquaculture, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences. These two labs have been mainly devoted to the studies on applied technology and applied fundamental theory in various fields of fisheries, including conservation of freshwater fish germplasm resources and their genetics & breeding, conservation of endangered aquatic animals, investigation & evaluation for fishery resources and monitoring & protection for water environment, fish biology and breeding technology, fish nutrition and fish diseases control, standardization and inspection for aquatic products quality. Moreover, a ministerial center for inspection and supervision of germplasm, a ministerial workstation field observation and experiment of fishery resources and environment,a ministerial key laboratory of aquatic animals diseases along Yangtze Basin, a ministerial experimental base for clinical trails of new aquatic medicine, a ministerial center for fishery germplasm resource conservation and breeding selection, and a subcommittee on freshwater fish breeding of National Technical Committee of Standardization for Aquaculture are affiliated to the institute.
Experimental Base for Fine Breed Selection
Field research vessel
In the past 50 years, the institute has undertaken over 350 grants and obtained more than 130 achievements. Nine achievements were awarded by the state, and more than 30 achievements won the provincial or ministerial awards. Application of some achievements in aquacultural practice have greatly benefited to the economy, society and ecology, e. g. “Study on the superiority utilization of F1 hybrid carp”, “Control technology for grass carp hemorrhage” , “studies on conservation of species of Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis)”, “Introduction, culture and heterosis utilization of Nile tilapia” etc.
At present, there are 142 scientists and staff members working in YFI. Among them, eleven are research professors, 22 associate professors, 30 assistant professors, 43 junior researchers. Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute has strong and solid technical basis in the field of fish basic biology, resource conservation, breeding and culture, nutrition and feed, diseases control. The institute is a pioneer in the studies of biology, resource conservation and propagation of some endangered aquatic animals, including Chinese sturgeon, Reeves shad, giant salamander, and Chinese sucker.