Founded in 1912, Shanghai Ocean University was on the bank of the Huangpu River, with an area of 700,000 square meters.
The university is characterized by aquaculture, food science, fishery economics, fishery laws, and stresses the coordinated development of multiple disciplines and expertise in agriculture, science, engineering, economics, arts and management.
The university consists of nine schools: Fishery, Oceanology, Food Science, Economics and Trade, Information, Humanities, Further Education, Vocational and Technical Education, AIEN (Sino-Australian Cooperated).
In addition to one state-level key discipline, two municipal-level key disciplines, three department-level key disciplines, and the right of conferring doctorate of aquaculture (the first level state discipline which covers two second-level disciplines), the university has 14 graduate programs, 23 undergraduate specialties and 18 specialties for junior college students. There are 10000 regular students (including Ph.D. students, graduates, undergraduates and students of higher vocational school) and 3700 students for further education. Of the staff members 200 teachers hold senior academic titles (professor and associate professor). The Shanghai Ocean University library has a collection of 460,000 books featured with fishery science.
The university takes the nationwide lead in such academic fields as Ichthyology, Aquatic Animal Proliferation and Breeding, Fish Diseases Prevention, Fish Nutrition and Feeds, Fish Species and Quality Resources, Seaweed Cells Engineering, Fishing Gear and Methodology, Fishery Machinery, Preservation and Management of Fishery Resources, Fishery Regulations and Policy, Fishery Economics, Biological Technology, Marine Ecology, Food Science and Engineering, Refrigeration and Cryogenics.