AQCUL202-20B (TGA)

Fish Aquaculture

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Marine Science and Aquaculture


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Paper Description

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The aquaculture of finfish is a global industry which utlises a variety of techniques and species. The key drivers of this production vary from a need for supplementary protein in developing countries to the guaranteed supply of a quality product for high value markets. However, fish aquaculture also provides solutions for species conservation and biological control of pest species. This course examines both the benefits and challenges of fish aquaculture. There is a particular focus on the need to understand the biology of a candidate species to be able to farm it in a successful and sustainable way. We will explore different aspects of fish physiology including reproduction, growth, health and nutrition across different life stages. Students will also receive a practical introduction to the role of molecular genetics in aquaculture research to improve farm efficiency.
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Paper Structure

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Three one hour lectures per week in addition to a total of five three hour labs and a field trip for the course.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Describe and analyse the techniques used in fish farming.
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  • 2. Explain key aspects of the life cycle biology of important fish species.
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  • 3. Describe how nutrition, stress management, and health are important for the optimal growth of farmed fish.
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  • 4. Analyse and discuss how the physiology of fish influences industry
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  • 5. Present information derived from the primary literature both orally and in written form (assessed in laboratory activities, assignments and the examination)
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  • 6. Accurately perform a range of relevant practical skills and critique methods .
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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 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Exam
2. Lab and field trip tests
  • In Class: In Lab
3. Written assignment
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Test 1
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Test 2
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
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.
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Recommended Readings

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The recommended textbook 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 hours of teaching contact per week plus an additional three hours of self-directed learning.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: AQCUL101 or New Zealand Diploma in Environmental Management (Level 6)




Restricted papers: BIOL324, BIOEB324

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