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Tuesday and Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15, Veterinary Science/Microbiology, Room 129

Course Overview: The class is structured to provide undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction and overview of the topic. Covered in the course will be the basic principles of aquaculture, examples of the major aquatic plant and animal species cultured in the world in fresh, brackish and marine systems, the methods employed in such culture systems, markets, and examples of major constraints (disease, species behavior, government regulations, habitat deterioration, etc.) which adversely affect the culture of certain species. A computer program entitled FISH FARM will be used in the course to provide students with the opportunity to apply the basic principles and information on aquaculture that is covered in lectures and assigned reading to a computer simulated commercial fish farm. The course is intended to provide an elective course for students with an interest in biological sciences including majors in agriculture, ecology, fishery and wildlife science, and veterinary science.

Principal Instructor: Donald V. Lightner, Professor
Room 106, Vet Sci/Micro Bldg. 90
Office Hours: 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. Tue and Thus


  • Kosinski, Robert J. 1993. The Student Handbook for Fish Farm. A Simulation of Commercial Aquaculture. The Benjamin/Cummings Publ. Co., Redwood City, CA. 98 p.
    Landau, Mathew. 1992. Introduction to Aquaculture. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York. 440 p.

    Attendance Policy: Students registering for the class are expected to attend all scheduled lectures. Instructor will provide materials "handedout" in missed classes, but not lecture notes or other materials.
    Make-up of missed examinations will require written proof with a valid reason for absence.
    An optional field trip to one or more aquaculture facilities in Arizona or Sonora, Mexico may be scheduled.
    Questions on the midterm and final exams will come from the lectures (75%), video tapes (15%), and reading and FISH FARM assignments (10%). A few bonus points on the final will be available to those students who can answer specific questions derived from information relating to the optional field trip.

    Grading Policy:
    Undergraduates: Midterm exam = 30% of final grade Class assignments = 20% " " " Final exam = 50% " " " Graduate students: Midterm exam = 30% of final grade Class assignments = 15% " " " Final exam = 45% " " " Term paper = 10% " " " Grade Scale for exams, assignments, and term paper: 90 to 100% = A 80 to 89% = B 70 to 79% = C 60 to 69% = D Term Paper for Graduate Students: A "term paper" will required for students taking the course for graduate credit. While I have no set requirements for the format and content of the term paper, I recommennd that the paper follow a reviewtype format, and that the student do a thorough literature review and report on some aspect of freshwater or marine aquaculture. Examples of topics of previous term papers include such things as: a business plan for a family run fish farm; literature reviews on particular pathogens of shrimp or salmon; reviews on all available literature on the culture of an endangered finfish; etc. Some graduate students use this "term paper" as an opportunity to begin the literature review for their M.S. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation.

    Exams: are comprehensive and questions come from lectures, textbooks, labs, student presentations, handouts and field trips.

    Maintained by: Kevin Fitzsimmons --
    Last update: 14-November-95