The aim of this course is to express an understanding of the grow-out stages of aquaculture production. Topics covered include the concepts of fish production, systems being used, species selections, food and water quality management, and health and biosecurity. In addition, students will also learn the skills on how to manage the production of selected aquatic species in hatcheries and the economy behind it. At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the principles of aquaculture production and, at the same time, the skills needed to culture and market the cultured species.
This course provides understanding on reproductive physiology of male and female reproductive system of vertebrate and invertebrate aquatic organism. The course focuses on the processes involved in the production of gametes and how their development is synchronizes in both sexes to achieve fertilization, the processes involved in sexual differentiation, the reproductive strategies which have been adopted in order to achieve fertilization and spawn at the most suitable times of the year. The roles of the endocrine system and signal transduction processes in controlling reproduction are examined. Topical examples of reproductive adaptations and technologies in fish and shrimp culture are considered such as hormonal manipulation, the development of gene silencing through RNA interference (RNAi) and surrogate broodstock technologies.