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Course Numbers: OCMB 0998     MEVS 5590

This course will give the student an understanding of the basic principles of aquaculture, including production systems, water quality, nutrition, spawning, larval culture and grow-out, and culture methodologies of fish, reptiles, invertebrates (zooplankton, molluscs, crustaceans, corals) and algae. The course will consist on a series of lectures followed by readings for each learning topic and paper discussions. The students will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on activities associated with the culture and husbandry of animals.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of aquaculture systems.
  • Identify conditioning factors and how they can be manipulated.
  • Describe water depuration mechanisms.
  • Describe basic culture methodologies, common problems and solutions of commercially important species (including auxiliary culture species and ornamentals): microalgae, macroalgae, zooplankton (Artemia, rotifers, copepods), mollusks (Gastropods, Bivalves), crustaceans, fish, reptiles (turtles, alligators) and coral.
  • Identify and discuss the environmental impacts of aquaculture.
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the treated materials and critical thinking ability by questioning or explaining complex processes with regards aquaculture.
  • Write a grammatically perfect, technically informed, well-structured  document on a chosen graduate topic in aquaculture.
  • Deliver a professional, formal presentation on an aquaculture topic to a graduate audience.

Suggested Texts

Lucas J.S. and Southgate, P.C. Aquaculture, farming aquatic animals and plants. Wiley-Blackwell

Tidwell, J.H. Aquaculture Production Systems. Wiley-Blackwell.

Parker R. Aquaculture Science. Delmar Cengage Learning.

Hoff F.H. and Snell T. W. Plankton Culture Manual. Florida Aqua Farms, Inc. 

Winter 2016 Syllabus

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