Associate Professor Matthew Tan is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with JCU Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) - College of Science and Engineering - James Cook University.

He is also currently the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Oceanus Tech Pte Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – One of the world’s largest land based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange. A/Prof Tan was previously holding the joint appointment of Chief Technology Officer in the holding company (from Sept'13 to Oct'17) until his recent appointment as CEO of Oceanus Tech. In his current capacity, he will continue to provide technical oversight to the holding company.

 Prior to joining the Oceanus Group, A/Prof Tan was previously the CEO of an environmental engineering company where he served for more than 10 years and has been involved in the extensive implementation of engineering solutions to waste water and aquaculture industry in both Singapore and Asia. He has a vision of developing evidence-based science and technology that is both ECO friendly and sustainable. In the past 13 years, he has been extensively involved in application development for the aquaculture industry and has successfully developed a set of land based protocols for the sustainable farming of food-fish in Singapore and Asia

A/Prof Tan is a veteran in the aquaculture industry and is responsible for the development of Oceanus Group's Risk Management framework and farms' operational protocols and oversaw the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their land based farms (42 farms with a total combined of area of about 100 sq. km, 40,000 breeding tanks which is spread over 300 km and a 5,000 floating cage facility).

Alongside Oceanus Group push towards consolidating and standardising its operational procedures, he is also in the midst of developing the Group’s operations manual to enable the smooth operations of their aquaculture facilities. 

Oceanus Tech is the Research & Development arm of the holding company. Her primary responsibilities include acquisition and adoption of proven cutting edge technologies for use in aquaculture, collaboration with tertiary institutions, test bedding of new technologies on a commercial platform, acquisition or licensing of relevant technologies and provision of consultancy services to their partners and the industry

As Singapore Representative (private sector) to APEC PPFS (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation - Policy Partnership for Food Security), A/Prof Tan is also currently the Co-Chair of APEC PPFS Working group responsible for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors. In his capacity as Co-Chair, he co-ordinates discussions between APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Fishery Sectors within the APEC region. 

A/Prof Tan is also serving as the Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board in SEA Aquaculture which is developing a key Food Security Project in Asia - A vertically-integrated 10,000 MT production per year Atlantic Salmon RAS facility in Vietnam.

A/Prof Tan is also graduate of SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) – Asia’s leading fishery institution; where he received training under a Government of Japan – Trust Fund Programme in hatchery and grow-out, sea weed and Benthic Diatom culture and production.

He was also previously serving as an Associate Professor (ADJ) with School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.  


 Current external appointments: 

 1. Singapore Representative (Private Sector): Policy Partnership on Food Security, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). About APEC PPFS : https://apec.org/Groups/Other-Groups/Policy-Partnership-on-Food-Security.aspx

 2. Co Chair – APEC PPFS : Sustainable Development for the Agriculture and Fisheries Sector - Responsible for coordination of discussions between APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Fishery Sectors within the APEC region and set-up of APEC Centre for Sustainable Development in Agriculture and Fisheries sectors in Singapore (NTU and Temasek Poly)

3. Chairman - Scientific Advisory Board - SEA Aquaculture : A vertically-integrated 10,000 MT production per year Atlantic Salmon RAS facility in Vietnam.  

4. Expert Member – Aquaculture: National Mirror Working Group for ISO TC 281 - SMF Standards Development Organisation. 

 5. Advisor (HON) - Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science, School of Applied Science, Temasek Polytechnic. 

 6. Member - Peer Review Group : Global Livestock and Aquaculture Policy Project - Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) - CHATHAM HOUSE - The Royal Institute of International Affairs.


Track Records - Completed and Ongoing Projects

- Principal Consultant : Development of a Chemical Free instant disinfection process for freshly cut salad vegetable for one of Asia’s largest indoor multi storey plant factory.

- Principal Investigator : Development of an Accelerated Seedling germination process and vegetable growth acceleration process for an Urban farming facility in Singapore.  

- Co-Principal Investigator : Development of sustained micro nutrient/ amino acid delivery system for fish feed  - Awarded AVA Food sustainability grant - Jointly with a leading Asia university.  

Principal Consultant : Assessment of the Nigerian fishery & Aquaculture industry and design and Development of a 2 hectare High Tech Aquaculture facility in Africa.

Principal Consultant : Assessment of the Egypt fishery and aquaculture market and made recommendations for client strategic entry into the Egyptian market.    

Principal Consultant : Design and setup of Hatchery, nursery and brood stock holding facility in Kelantan, Malaysia, hybrid Grouper species development and assessment on the possible takeover of a disused shrimp island facility in Kota Bahru. Malaysia.

Principal Consultant: Assessment on the takeover of 500 disused shrimp’s raceway for Aquaculture use in Pahang, Malaysia.

Principal Consultant: Design and development of Sea Bass hatchery facility in Ipoh, Malaysia. 

Principal Investigator : Development of anti-thermal coating, film for use in Aquaculture – Jointly with Nanyang Technological University

Collaborator : Bio marker study on Abalone laggards and Selective Genetics breeding - Jointly with Temasek Poly & Oceanus Group

Collaborator & Technology Partner : Use of Hydrocavitation technology for increasing White Shrimps harvest yield in Indonesia- Jointly with one of the world’s largest shrimps producer

Principal Consultant : Land Based Aquaponics farm that is powered entirely by Solar Energy (Singapore & Malaysia) - An APEC project

Principal Consultant : Design and Setup of Bio Secure Grouper/ Sea Bass Hatchery and Aquaculture farm - Malaysia 

Principal Consultant: Supply of Genetically selected sea bass fingerling to major aquaculture group in Thailand.  

Principal Consultant : Design of chemical free water treatment processes for the hatchery and mud pond for one of the largest Dragon fish (Arrowana) breeding company in Singapore

Principal Consultant : Design of chemical free water treatment processes for one of Singapore largest Koi hatchery

Principal Consultant: Assessment on the use of disused shrimp’s ponds in Sri Lanka for Sea Bass breeding and the use of chemical free water treatment processes for such large pond. 

Principal Investigator: MND Research Fund Grant on “Ecological Land Based Aquaculture - Farming of food fish in urban environment”. Multi-million dollar MND grant awarded to fully develop a high intensity & high yield aquaculture farming system using minimum space and labour through the integration of people, technology and business system.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Surbana Technologies): Development of Multiple storey land based food-fish breeding system with Surbana Technologies. This project leverage off high intensity vertical fish farming as an "engineering" solution to solve this issue. 

Principal Investigator: River Bio Remediation Project (Sungei Peng Siang). Joint project with PUB to develop a chemical free treatment process to treat and clean Sungei Peng Siang River (behind Warren Golf and Country club). This river suffers from regular massive algae bloom which leads to unbearable stench for members of the public. 

Principal Investigator: Increasing Agricultural Crops yield and extension of vegetable shelf life with Hydrocavitation technology – In collaboration with Kok Fah Technology Farm. Key objective of this project is to mitigate post-harvest loss due to pre-mature post-harvest crop withering. Crop yields can be significantly enhanced using hydrocavitation technology and method of quantification is by hydration retention through the leaf’s withering effect. 

Principal Investigator : Effects of hydrocavitation technology on Hydroponics crop yield – In collaboration with Oh Chin Huat Hydroponic Farms

Project Director : Development of a Fully automated and online monitoring of water conditions for aquaculture farms – Horiba Instruments & Bio X Pte Ltd

Principal Investigator : Development of live support system for shipping containers for the shipping of live sea food (sea to land) with APL (part of NOL Shipping Group) one of the world’s top shipping company. The project successfully research, designed and developed an enclosed automated recirculation water filtration and treatment system for incorporation into APL’s live reefer container. 

Project Director : Technical farm audit completed for the world’s largest Abalone farm (China) spanning more than 300 km

Principal Investigator and project Director – Development and setup of Asia first Aqua Hub (live seafood holding logistic hub) in Jurong Cold Hub One, Singapore. A joint development with CWT Fresh (Part of CWT Group).


  • Large scale farming, hatchery techniques and expertise
  • Indoor & Multi storey Urban Agri farm
  • Innovative Aquaculture Technologies
  • Recirculating Aquaculture System
  • Sustained Micro Nutrient delivery system for Fish feed
  • 2015 to 2017 - Associate Professor (ADJ), School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering/ Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Chief Technology Officer, Oceanus Group Limited (Singapore, China)
  • 2003 to 2013 - Chief Executive Officer, SIF Technologies Pte Ltd (Singapore)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Principal Consultant, School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering/ Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Principal Consultant, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/ Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Chief Operating Officer, Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering/ Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2007 to 2010 - Associate Research Director, Nanofrontier/ Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
  • 2019 - JCU Progress: Quarterly Employee Recognition Award: Feather in your Cap: 1st Quarter 2019
  • 2009 - Distinguished Award - Minister's Innovation Award 2009 - Awarded by Ministry of Transport, Singapore.
  • 2002 to 2009 - Service to the community Award 2009 - Awarded by Bishan Toa Payoh GROs, Singapore
  • 2002 to 2007 - Certificate of Appreciation for 5 Years of dedicated Voluntary Service to the Community - Awarded by People's Association Singapore
  • 2019 - Guest Lecturer - Ekiti State Farmers' Forum. Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria
  • 2019 - Speaker - APEC Ocean & Fishery Working Group - SOM3 Food Security Week - August 2019 @ Puerto Varas, Chile
  • 2018 - Speaker - Rethink Agri Food Innovation Week @ Novotel Steven SIngapore - 27th to 29th November 2018
  • 2018 - Guest Lecturer - Fisheries Cooperative Federation of Nigeria - Ekiti State - January 2018
  • 2018 - Keynote Speaker - 7th Annual World Congress for Ocean, Aquaculture and Fishery - Wei Hai China.
  • 2018 - Guest Lecturer - Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta. Economic Development Centre Warri, Nigeria - January 2018
  • 2018 - Guest Speaker - AVA Inaugural Tech Matching event March 2018
  • 2018 - Speaker - Smart Agriculture Using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) In Agriculture. An APEC Project. 5th -8th Nov 2018 @ Seoul Korea.
  • 2018 - Speaker - ASTAR Farm to Fork Accelerator Event - 9th November 2018. Speed to Market - Helping enterprises and Accelerating the translation of RD into economic outcomes. Singapore.
  • 2017 - Guest Speaker - APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies – Jeju Korea (EGNRET 48) : Use of clean and renewal energy for Aquaculture – March 2017
  • 2017 - Guest Speaker - AVA-URA’s Agri-Technovation 2017: A Business & Technology Matching Event 2017 organised by the Agri Authority of Singapore – Sept 2017
  • 2017 - Guest/ Plenary Speaker - AquaSg 2017 - Intensification & Disease Management : Opportunities in Aquaculture – Oct 2017 Singapore
  • 2017 - Guest Speaker - APEC Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies – Tokyo (EGNRET 49) : Presentation on possible joint project re. use of clean and renewal energy for the Aquaculture industry – October 2017
  • 2017 - Guest Speaker - TechInnovation 2017 - A premier technology-industry brokerage event : Trend and Opportunities in use of technology in Aquaculture – Sept 2017
  • 2015 - Guest/ Plenary Speaker - Use of fine bubbles in Aquaculture – International Symposium of Fine Bubbles Technology – Nov 2015 @ Osaka University.
  • 2015 - Guest/ Plenary Speaker - Financial Times LIVE – Nov 2015: Global Treasury Retreat @ Capella Hotel Sentosa – Use of Technology for enterprise risk mitigation.
  • 2014 - Speaker and Moderator - 18th Federation of Asian Veterinary Association Congress – FAVA 2014 : Use of Technology in Aquaculture
  • 2013 - Guest Speaker - NUS Innovfest 2013 – Aligning Innovation with Business Opportunities in water and waste water sector
  • 2010 - Speaker - Asia Food Technology, Innovation & Safety conference and exhibition 2010 – Tackling Global Food shortages through advances in fish breeding technology

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