Key facts

Course Dates
5 Days
Entry Requirements
Level 6 or industry experience
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
AFTP Cohort

Course overview

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.


Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the wider aspects of fish production within the rapidly expanding aquaculture industry perspective from an agri-business context.
  • Impart knowledge of the range of fish and shellfish species and their various culture systems globally.
  • Understand the importance of both biotic and abiotic factors governing fish nutrition, feeding, feed technology, genetics, and the implications towards attaining the sustainability agenda.
  • Evaluate the aquaculture production systems and to be aware of the emerging technologies and opportunities for improving efficiency through cost benefit analysis and the potential for applications of novel enterprising and innovative developments.
Additional Course Information

The areas covered on this course are:

  • Overview of cultured fish species and production.
  • Physiology of feeding, nutrition & growth
  • Feed technology
  • Water quality and resource management

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

My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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