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March 22, 2015


Loc Tran, Shrimp Doctor



Loc Tran, 30, lives in a suburban district of Ho Chi Minh City.  During his childhood, he was enthralled with the world of fish and shrimp, and when he grew up, his parents encouraged him to follow his passion, so after graduating from high school, he applied to and was accepted into the Fisheries Department of Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry.  He graduated in 2010 and was granted a full scholarship to study at the University of Arizona in the USA, majoring in shrimp microbiology and pathology.


During his time at the University of Arizona, shrimp farmers in Vietnam were suffered heavy losses from a new disease, early mortality syndrome (EMS), caused by the bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus, so he decided to do his doctoral thesis on it.


He worked out methods to prevent EMS that including strict controls on broodstock, water treatment and biosecurity.  His methods were experimentally applied and yielded good results.  In 2011 and 2012, EMS devastated shrimp farms in Soc Trang and Bac Lieu provinces.  Farmers had no treatments for it.  Fortunately, Loc’s methods were introduced, and the disease was brought under control.


At the end of 2013, Loc returned to Vietnam and took a job as a teacher at the University of Agriculture and Forestry.  He proposed and the university built a laboratory specializing in research on shrimp and fish.  Although the laboratory has only operated for little over a year, it has become an important place for students and postgraduates to work and study.  In addition to teaching at the laboratory, Loc also organizes seminars on aquaculture.


In 2014, he organized dozens of television programs to educate shrimp farmers.  They were seen all over the country.  He also travelled to many provinces to help shrimp farmers with their problems.


Source:  “Doctor of Shrimp” Tran Huu Loc.  Son Nghia (photo Le Minh).  March 21, 2015.

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