This module teaches the basic principles and practices of freshwater and marine fish farming. Water quality, site selection, health management practices, nutrition and feeding and business decision-making are covered.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will know the properties of the aquatic environment, the methods of reproduction and farming of the main fish species of commercial interest, the basics of fish feed composition and feeding techniques.
The student will have acquired the ability to distinguish among the different types of farms, to recognize the main species being farmed and to assess the water quality parameters.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
General principles and aquaculture production systems. Water quality. Concepts of fish anatomy and physiology. Hatchery and production techniques for freshwater and marine fish. Topics cover broodstock management, spawning, larval husbandry, nursery, and grow-out of several commercially important fish species: rainbow trout, sturgeon, eel, carp and other cyprinids, sea bass and sea bream. Fish nutrition, feeding and bioenergetics. Ornamental fish farming and management. Practice: visits to rainbow trout and sturgeon farms.
Prerequisites for admission
Specific preliminary knowledge is not required to attend the course
The form of teaching involves lectures, tutorials and practical sessions held in the Aquaculture Facilities of the Zootechnical Centre. In addition, technical visits to fish farms are carried out.
The powerpoint presentations will be provided to the students Tutorials and books: 1. Acquacoltura Responsabile. Verso le produzioni acquatiche del terzo millennio. A cura di S. Cataudella e P. Bronzi. Unimar - Uniprom, 2001. 2. G. Ravagnan. Vallicoltura Integrata. Ed. Edagricole. 3. J.S. Lucas & P.C. Southgate (Ed.). Aquaculture. Blackwell Publishing.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam consists of an interview in which the students are asked to answer to questions demonstrating their subject knowledge. Questions will reflect the content of the lecture and exercise program. The purpose of the examination is to test knowledge of the subject and the extent to which skills have been acquired.