This course is still in development.  We will begin posting a completion date when the final release is ready.

To participate in this course you should read the information on the course requirements.

Video introduction

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. agriculture.  Its popularity and success as an investment opportunity and a means of diversifying farming operations have resulted in a growing interest among traditional agriculture producers and others.

As Americans have become more health conscious the demand for fisheries production has increased.  Per capita consumption of seafood has grown from about 13.0 lbs. in mid 1980's to around 15 lbs. in 1999.  It is estimated that aquaculture could be supplying about 25% of all the seafood consumed in the U.S.  This would mean one-half million metric tons of additional seafood would be consumed annually.  The U.S. imported over 13 billion dollars worth of seafood in 1996 versus 8.5 billion dollars exported, resulting in a trade deficit of about 4.5 billion dollars.  A healthy U.S. aquaculture industry would reduce the need to import fish products and help improve the U.S. trade imbalance.  From trout and salmon in the North to bass, yellow perch, tilapia and ornamentals in the Midwest; to catfish and crawfish in the South, the opportunities for establishing a profitable aquaculture enterprise are great.

To be successful, aquaculture producers must have the ability to make a reasonable assessment of aquaculture enterprise opportunities and limitations including current breeding, feeding, water quality, production technologies and management practices.  This aquaculture production course is designed to assist students in developing their knowledge and understanding of aquaculture and improve their problem solving and communication skills.

This course is designed to increase the studentís technical and managerial competencies in production aquaculture.

After completing the course every student should be able to:

  1. Explain the primary water chemistry parameters and water quality management strategies required to maintain health.
  2. Recognize how to select an aquaculture site and explain the differences in construction techniques, and yields from levee ponds, cages, raceways, and recirculating aquaculture systems.
  3. Describe the life histories (reproductive, nutritional and temperature) and production strategies for 20 species of food, bait, sport, and ornamental species with highest aquaculture potential.
  4. Describe the processing and marketing strategies with special emphasis on niche marketing.
  5. Select a species, production system, and market and write an aquaculture business plan

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This course is sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program.

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