MARINE AQUACULTURE – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 11 lessons in this course: Lesson 1 - Aquaculture Production Systems • What is mariculture? • Purposes of mariculture • Classification of culture systems • Extensive production (Ep) • Intensive production (Ip) • Classifications based on system input • Open systems (off-shore and near-shore) • Semi-closed systems • Closed systems (on shore) • Common culture method for each marine category • Cage culture • Cage design: Floating flexible, floating rigid, semi-submersible and submersible • Hanging Culture: Raft and suspended trays • Long-line culture • Vertical or rack culture • Bottom culture: Bottom sowing and cultch lines • Stone, stake culture, net and umbrella culture • Semi-enclosed: flow through tanks • Closed Systems (CAS): Recirculating, raceways, and inland ponds Lesson 2 -Starting a Marine Aquaculture (Mariculture) Business • Economics of establishing and running a farm • The need for a feasibility study • Economic analysis • Requisites for establishing a business • Factors to consider • Industry competition • Availability of leased and quotas • Economy of scale • Site selection and water quality • Properties of salt water • Water quality management • Environmental impacts. • Food chain problems • Using wild broodstock • Nutrient pollution • Chemical pollution • Spreading pathogens • Escapes • Habitat effects • Managing environmental impacts • Improving the genetic quality of fish • Biotechnology Lesson 3 - Choosing a Species • Choosing a marketable species • What information is available? • Understand your competition before selecting a species • Common mariculture species • Selection criteria • Climate • Water resource • Finance • Scale of operation • Market demand and access • Availability of animals • Risk considerations • Product markets • Product, price and promotion Lesson 4 -Finfish • Industry overview • Types of mariculture • Broodstock/seed supply • Growout • Commonly cultured species • Tuna • Atlantic salmon • Steelhead Salmon (Saltwater rainbow trout) • Yellowtail (Japanese Amberjack) • Sea Bass • Gilt-head sea bream • Water quality management Lesson 5 - Crustaceans • Industry overview • Types of mariculture • Broodstock/seed supply • Growout • Commonly cultivated species • Penaeid shrimp (prawn) • Graspid Crabs • Lobster Lesson 6 - Molluscs and Echinoderms • Industry overview - molluscs • Types of bivalve culture • Broodstock/seed supply • Growout • Abalone • Oysters • Cultured mussels • Scallops • Giant clams • Industry overview - echinoderms • Types of mariculture • Broodstock/seed supply • Growout • Commonly cultivated species • Sea Urchins • Sea cucumbers Lesson 7 - Seaweeds and Aquatic Algae • Industry overview • Types of mariculture • Broodstock/seed supply • Land-based cultivation systems • Tanks • Ponds • Sea cultivation • Farming methods • Vegetative cultivation • Cultivation involving a reproductive cycle • Commonly cultivated species • Laminaria japonica • Porphyra sp. • Undaria sp. • Eucheuma seaweed Lesson 8 - Pharmaceuticals • Pharmaceatical value of marine organisms • Examples of species used in marine biotechnology • Sea urchin • Sea cucumber • Marine sponges • Seaweeds (algae) Lesson 9 - Diet Formulation and feeding • Feeding strategies • Nil input • Water fertilisation • Supplementary feeding • Complete diet feeding • Fish feed • Feeding and feed components • Environmental problems associated with fish feeding • Mycotoxins in feeds • Aflatoxins • Ochratoxins • Fumonisins • Trichothecenes • Managing mycotoxins in prepared feeds Lesson 10 - Health Management – Diseases and Parasites • Causes of disease • Health management and mitigation strategies • Treatment of diseases and parasites • General principles • Common signs that fish are unhealthy • Common diseases of finfish • Emerging pathogens • Common diseases of crustaceans • Common diseases of bivalves (molluscs) Lesson 11 - Harvest and Post Harvest Handling • Examples of product forms • Harvest/post harvest handling of selected species Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/MARINE-AQUACULTURE-BAG220-691.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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