The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia (FFPW USB) in České Budějovice was established on 1st September 2009. The FFPW is the most complex workplace within Central Europe focused on fisheries, aquaculture, protection of waters and complex systems. The basic workplaces of the FFPW are institutes, a school and a centre with following activities: • Research Institute of Fish Culture and Hydrobiology in Vodňany (RIFCH). It is focused on scientific and especially applied research, education and agricultural activities in the fields of fisheries and protection of waters. The RIFCH provides postgraduate doctoral studies (PDS) in the accredited field of study Fishery. The employees of the RIFCH provide education in the bachelor and master programs as well. • Institute of Aquaculture (IA) in České Budějovice. The IA realizes scientific research and provides education in the bachelor and master studies in the study fields Fishery, Aquaculture and Protection of waters and provides postgraduate doctoral studies and agricultural activities too. • Institute of Complex Systems (ICS) in Nové Hrady. The ICS deals with the study of complex systems in natural and social sciences, with technical and other applications of research results and with agricultural activities as well. After accreditation of the study field Complex Systems, the ICS will provide doctoral programs. • South Bohemian Research Centre of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses (CENAKVA) in Vodňany. CENAKVA deals with applied and technological research in the fields of Fisheries and Protection of waters. It creates conditions for research and economical activities at the faculty. • International Environmental Educational, Advisory and Information Centre of Protection Vodňany (IEEAIC). The IEEAIC provides project activities focused on preparation and implementation of grants, lifelong learning, management of scientific and technical information, publishing and business activities.
Since the academic year of 2011/2012 the FFPW has provided studies in the study field Fishery for all degrees – bachelor (Bc.), master (Ing.) and postgraduate studies (Ph.D.) in an internal and a combined form. The study field Aquaculture is accredited in English for the master degree and the field Fishery for the PhD degree. Starting from the academic year 2012/2013, the newly accredited bachelor field Protection of waters is opened. The Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters of the University of South Bohemia has accredited the inaugural and professorial rights in the field Fishery. Currently, there are four experimental workplaces for studying in Vodňany, České Budějovice and Nové Hrady. Employees and students can deal with research in the fields of Hydrobiology, Toxicology, Astacology, Reproduction, Genetic, Fish and Crayfish breeding, Protection of waters and Complex systems and they can use the book collection in the fisheries library.
The FFPW is the youngest and the smallest faculty within the University of South Bohemia. In the academic year of 2012/2013 there are approximately 270 students in all degrees and forms of studies including doctoral students in the workplace in Nové Hrady. The FFPW is building the new capacities for teaching students in all forms of studies. It´s expected that in 2013 a total of 150 bachelors, 50 master students and 30 doctoral students will be studying at the faculty, including 50–60 students in combined form (externally study). About 250–300 students will be studying in environmental, water management disciplines, as well as Fishery and Complex systems. The complete studies will take 9 years. This may seem a lot, but so it is in reality – 3 years bachelor, 2 years masters and 4 years doctoral studies. The FFPW organizes seminars for professional fishery public and lay public as well. Scientific seminars and conferences provide thematic focus, and there are annually a number of excurses and practical demonstrations.
The main aim of the FFPW is to be the top workplace focused on fisheries applied research not only in the Czech Republic but in Central Europe and to provide the best possible education in the study fields Fishery, Protection of Waters and Complex Systems. The Faculty also raises prestige and awareness of Vodňany and Nové Hrady among the fishery experts around the world not only through arranging national and international conferences and organizing summer schools, but also through the influx of new students from both the Czech Republic and from abroad.