Aquaculture is the fastest growth sector in agri-business with a global value of $110B p.a. and providing nearly 50% of annual sea food demand.
There are many system approaches based on a variety of production methods. Considerable progress has been made with respect to temperate, tropical, freshwater and marine production of a wide variety of organisms. Apart from fish, there is also a large shrimp and prawn aquaculture production sector that needs to be addressed. There are enormous technical developments and advances being undertaken to underpin the sustainable and viable production of these resources whilst maintaining their health and quality to achieve optimum production performance.
For example, the science of nutrition is based on determining the fundamental nutritional requirements of fish for their production and health. This knowledge is then applied towards feed formulation, feed technology and also the efficient feeding and husbandry management of fish and crustaceans receiving artificial diets.
This course serves to address the rapidly developing aquaculture industry and fish production related disciplines associated with various aspects of aquaculture husbandry and management. The programme focuses primarily on fish species that are commercially exploitable in many regions of the world. These range from traditional species like salmon and trout to sea bass, sea bream, tilapia, carp and new emerging species such as barramundi, grouper and tuna.
By the end of this course participants will be able to:
The areas covered on this course are:
The assessment instruments for the course will be comprised of a single component contributing 100% of the marks for the course.
An assignment will be set requiring the analysis of a ‘real life’ system (case study or in ‘the work place’). This may be an existing sector of the aquaculture industry/business operation or it may be as a proposal for a new business venture incorporating novel technologies pertaining to fish nutrition, feed technology or implementation of an improved efficiency strategy for farmed fish production. The participant will be expected to consider the key issues, strategies and developments which may be implemented to either improve the aquaculture production system, solve and problems or issues and improve efficiencies using the theory and knowledge covered by the course. Relevant analyses will be included to test the plan and its feasibility and cost benefit.
Participants will be graded both individually and as a group based on content, style and overall impact.
The assignment will address whether participants have been able to appreciate the main core aspects of the subject and be aware of the fundamental interdisciplinary nature of the role of fish nutrition & feeding management/technology in promoting efficient, sustainable production of fish. They should also be able to demonstrate a holistic view of the wider dimension of the sciences based on recent literature material and research applications in aquaculture on a regional, national and global basis
AgriFood Training Partnership
The University of Reading
PO Box 226, Whiteknights
Reading RG6 6AP
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