AQCUL101-19B (TGA)

Introduction to Aquaculture

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
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Paper Description

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The aquaculture industry faces many challenges as it continues to grow globally and become a sustainable industry. This introductory paper will review past and present aquaculture ventures and provide students with an understanding of the environmental, cultural, economic and social contexts of this marine activity.

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Paper Structure

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Three one hour lectures per week supplemented by a weekly one hour tutorial session, three hour laboratories and field trips.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

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    1. Describe the historical development of marine aquaculture with a focus on advances made by Maori prior to European occupation.
    2. Demostrate an understanding of the benefits and costs (social, economic, environmental) of various land- and fresh or salt water based aquaculture systems.
    3. Explain the potential for aquaculture to enhance and sustain wealth creation from the environment.
    4. Review the pros and cons of various current and historical species targets for aquaculture.
    5. Describe the general concept of a 'Social License to Operate' as it relates to the sustainabilty of various aquaculture options.
    6. Identify the relevant legislative instruments that govern aquaculture enterprise.
    7. Identify the role of blue biotechnologies in terms of both enhancing process and realising new species targets and products.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Attendance of the laboratory sessions are an essential element of the course and must be completed in order to pass the course. Medical certificates must be presented for any test and/or laboratory missed.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Exam
2. Practicals
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Test 1
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
4. Test 2
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Class discussion
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Presentation
  • In Class: In Lab
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and reading material. Textbbook for the course is Aquaculture, farming aquatic animals and plants. Eds: Lucas, Southgate, Tucker. 3rd edition, 2019 (Wiley-Blackwell), ISBN: 9781119230861
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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This paper will have on average seven contact hours per week plus three hours per week for assessment and independent study.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Corequisite paper: MARIN101



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