Africa Aquaculture Research and Training Center (AARTC) is a regional center of excellence for genetics research, training in best management practices and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the African aquaculture sector.

Opened in 1998, the WorldFish-run research center in Sharkia, Egypt has played an important role in the development of the aquaculture sector in both Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa.

The center has developed faster-growing strains of tilapia and catfish, and trained more than 2064 government officers, university staff, farmers, extension agents and researchers from 105 countries since 1999.

Review the 2019 Training Plan for Abbassa Research and Training Centre.

Review the 2020 Training Plan for Abbassa Research and Training Centre.


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“The knowledge we obtained was based on the different types, methods and techniques of fish culture and their management. It will certainly have a great impact on our emerging tilapia aquaculture development programs.” - Training participant, 2015


Call for partners

A key role of the facility is to support efforts by regional governments to develop African aquaculture as a sustainable food source for the continent.

To achieve this, WorldFish invites funders, research institutions and the private sector from Africa and beyond to support, invest and engage in research and training at the center.

Advantages of using the center for researching include access to facilities that replicate commercial farm conditions, a range of fish breeds available for testing new products and technologies, and extensive staff experience.

Facilities include:

  • 62 hectares area situated in the Nile delta
  • 150 earthen ponds (for research and training)
  • indoor concrete tanks for fish hatchery and other research
  • the Abbassa strain tilapia breeding program
  • new aquaculture feeds research facility
  • workshop, training and educational facilities
  • administrative offices and dry/wet laboratories
  • hostel and residence apartments
  • a mechanical and electrical workshop.

A number of partners already use the center for research, such as leading global feed manufacturer Skretting who researches tilapia nutrition and new, local fish feed ingredients.

We expect that this collaboration [with WorldFish] will give Skretting Egypt a valuable opportunity to examine, test and provide the most suitable solutions for local African raw materials and final fish feed composition, fish growth, survival and fish diseases.” – Aymen Rostom, Skretting Egypt General Manager


For information about the genetics program, or how to partner with the center, please contact Dr. Diaa Kenawy at

For training inquiries, please contact Ms. Doaa Fawzy, Training Manager at