Special Offer Aquaculture Course - Learn to farm freshwater fish.
Aquaculture is the farming of water creatures for human consumption.
As global fish resources come under increasing pressure to meet demand,
this is an industry that continues to grow rapidly.
This course is concerned with the culture and care of fresh water
aquatic animals and focuses on Trout, Barramundi, Bass, Marron, Red Claw
and the Yabbie.
You will learn about:
- Production systems.
- Health of fish.
- How to set up of an aquaculture venture, and more.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND LESSON CONTENT
Course Duration: 100 hours.
Start Date: Start at any time - study at a pace that suits you, and with full tutor support for the duration of your studies.
Lessons: The course comprises 10 lessons as detailed, below.
Lesson 1: Introduction To Aquaculture
- Scope and nature of freshwater aquaculture.
- Resources - references, organisations around the world.
- Equipment and material suppliers.
Lesson 2: Production Systems - EP and IP
- Open, semi closed and closed systems.
- Extensive production.
- Intensive production.
- Water containment - earth, concrete,wood, brick, stone, fibre-glass, liners, etc.
- Dams and Water Storage - siting, site.
Lesson 3: What Species To Farm
- Selection criteria.
- Water resources.
- Scale of operation.
- Other resources: manpower, knowledge, support services, etc.
- Market demand and access.
- Ecological considerations.
- Risk Considerations.
- Review of different fish - reviews of many fish and other
species suited to farming in Australia,the UK and other countries,
- Rainbow trout;
- Brown Trout;
- River Blackfish;
Lesson 4: Trout
- Three main Trout species.
- Farming Trout.
- Determining flow in source water.
- Water temperature.
- Water dissolved oxygen.
- Stocking rates for production pools.
- Spawning trout.
- Checking the fish.
- Stripping technique.
- Fertilisation of Ova.
- Hatching Ova.
- From hatch to free swimming stage.
- After free swim stage.
Lesson 5: Barramundi
- Industry perspective.
- Breeding and growth rates.
- Induced breeding - hormone injection.
- Fry management and after care.
- Grow out.
- Pond rearing for larvae.
- Barramundi diseases and parasites.
Lesson 6: Bass
- Varieties - Australian bass, American loudmouth, smallmouth.
- Habitat requirements - temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH.
- Natural spawning cycle.
- Controlled spawning.
Lesson 7: Freshwater Crayfish
- Scope and nature of crustacean aquaculture.
- Marron and Yabbie.
- Conditions - water, temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, organic. loading, water clarity, pod size.
- Initial breeding stocks.
- Production potential.
- Stocking rates.
- Composts for Marron feeding.
- Red Claw.
- Spiny Freshwater Crayfish.
Lesson 8: Setting Up A Fish Farm
- Land and water.
- Water requirements.
- Extensive production dams.
- Intensive production pools and raceways.
- Biological filtration systems.
- Filter efficiency.
- Clearing turbid water in dams.
- Protecting fish.
- Improving genetic quality of fish.
- Economics of establishing and running an aquaculture farm.
- Financial Management.
- Financial Institutions.
- Better planning.
- What to Plan for.
Lesson 9: Fish Foods & Feeding
- Scope and nature.
- Pelleted feed.
- Live feed.
- Brine shrimp.
- Night lights.
- Oil meals.
- Fish food production.
- Beef heart.
- Seafood and vegetable mix.
- Earthworm and Compost production.
Lesson 10: Harvesting
- Harvesting techniques - seine nets, gill nets, traps, long lines, funnel trap, flyke trap, etc.
- Fish pumps.
- Mechanical graders.
- Fish health management.
- Review of diseases - salmonids, barramundi, trout, carp, etc.
- Explain different aquaculture production systems.
- Explain the cultural requirements of different types of fish suitable for aquaculture.
- Explain cultural practices for freshwater crayfish.
- Explain different factors affecting the vigour of animals in an aquaculture farm.
- Explain methods, including feeding and harvesting, used to manage freshwater animal populations.
- Develop informed management decisions for an aquaculture enterprise.
WHAT THE COURSE COVERS
Here are just some of the things you will be doing:
- List the components of an aquaculture production system.
- Compare extensive production systems with intensive production systems.
- Assess the production systems used in three different aquaculture enterprises.
- Research and describe a successful aquaculture production system.
- List freshwater fish suitable for aquaculture in your region.
- List salt water fish suitable for aquaculture in your region.
- Describe the requirements for different commonly grown freshwater fish, including: Trout, Barramundi, Bass.
- Describe the requirements of one type of salt water fish which has commercial potential for farming.
- Distinguish, by labelling unlabelled diagrams, between visual
characteristics of different freshwater crayfish, including: Marron, Red
- Describe the cultural practices for different freshwater crayfish, including: Marron, Red claw, Yabbie.
- Explain how water quality may affect production in an aquaculture system.
- Explain different methods of treating water in aquaculture, including: Filtration, Aeration.
- Develop a list of criteria for selecting a site suitable for a specified freshwater aquaculture purpose.
- Explain how varying stocking rates can affect the condition of a specified type of animal in aquaculture.
- Compare the potential affects on aquaculture species, of
different methods of containing water, including: Ponds constructed with
liners; An earth dam; Concrete tanks; Flowing water; Still water.
- Compare various methods of feeding commercial species, including
fish and crayfish, with reference to the type of food and the way it is
delivered to the animals.
- Explain the importance of correct feed to the success of a specified aquaculture enterprise.
- Compare three different aquaculture feeds which are available
commercially, with reference to: composition, appearance, appropriate
- Compare different harvesting techniques with reference to: equipment required, time required, damage to animal.
- Describe how to construct different types of water storage
facilities, including: Ponds constructed with liners; An earth dam;
- Prepare a detailed management system for one species suitable
for aquaculture, including details of: Breeding; Rearing; Feeding;
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of aquaculture with those of other types of agricultural enterprises.
- Compile a list of different resources in the aquaculture
industry including: Information sources; Equipment suppliers; Materials
- Analyse aquaculture marketing systems, on both a national and international level.
- Evaluate the marketability of different specified types of aquaculture produce.
- Evaluate the viability of a proposed, specified aquaculture venture.