As the world’s population increases, the availability of land to grow food continues to decrease. So using our oceans, rivers and lakes to produce aquatic animals as a food source makes sense. This fact, along with the increasing pressure on global fish resources, has seen the Australian aquaculture industry go from strength to strength. So if you are keen to improve your food sustainability, already have an interest in aquaculture, or are after a career change, why not be a part of it?
The Certificate of Aquaculture is an online professional development program that will introduce you to the scope and nature of aquaculture, and the containment, feeding, harvesting and health of a variety of freshwater fish.
In this aquaculture course, you will explore the different aquaculture production systems available, and the optimal conditions for producing crayfish and a range of fish, including trout, barramundi, bass, marron and yabbies.
You will also study how to finance an aquaculture operation, and the economics of establishing and running an aquaculture farm, including the areas of planning, production and marketing.
On completion of this course, you will have the foundations for a lifelong career in aquaculture, a profitable business, or a resource that will reduce your food bills and improve the quality of your family’s diet!
Unit - Aquaculture
Unit 1 – Introduction to aquaculture
Scope and nature of freshwater aquaculture
Resources, references, organisations around the world
Equipment and material suppliers
Unit 2 – Production systems – EP and IP
Open, semi closed and closed systems
Water containment: earth, concrete, wood, brick, stone, fibre-glass, liners, etc
Dams and water storage: siting, site
Unit 3 – What species to farm
Scale of operation
Other resources: manpower, knowledge, support services, etc.
Market demand and access
Review of different fish: we review many fish and other species suited to farming in Australia,the UK and other countries), including:
Unit 4 – Trout
Three main trout species
Determining flow in source water
Water dissolved oxygen
Stocking rates for production pools
Checking the fish
Fertilisation of ova
From hatch to free swimming stage
After free swim stage
Unit 5 – Barramundi
Breeding and growth rates
Induced breeding; hormone injection
Fry management and after care
Pond rearing for larvae
Barramundi diseases and parasites
Unit 6 – Bass
Varieties: Australian bass, American loudmouth, Smallmouth
Conditions: water, temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, organic loading, water clarity, pod size
Initial breeding stocks
Composts for Marron feeding
Spiny Freshwater Crayfish
Unit 8 – Setting up a fish farm
Land and water
Extensive production dams
Intensive production pools and raceways
Biological filtration systems
Clearing turbid water in dams
Improving genetic quality of fish
Economics of establishing and running an aquaculture farm
What to plan for
Unit 9 – Fish foods and feeding
Scope and nature
Fish food production
Seafood and vegetable mix
Earthworm and compost production
Unit 10 – Harvesting
Harvesting techniques: seine nets, gill nets, traps, long lines, funnel trap, flyke trap, etc
Fish health management
Review of diseases: salmonids, barramundi, trout, carp, etc
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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