Three graduate level aquaculture courses are currently being offered at the Rosenstiel School on an annual basis as part of the MS & MPS tracks in aquaculture, as well as the MAF/MBF joint M.S. program. The overall objective of the three courses combined is to train students to solve the inconsistencies involved in developing a productive aquaculture set-up, while maintaining biodiversity and environment integrity. They are offered on an annual basis, as part of the MS and M.P.S. tracks in aquaculture, as well as of the MAF/MBF joint M.S. program. The courses provide a balance between technology development and transfer, economic feasibility and environmental sustainability of aquaculture operations. Students learn technology for the development of environmentally sustainable and economically viable aquaculture projects and operations. The program covers applied technology of reproduction, spawning, larval husbandry, and nursery and grow out techniques of commercially important species of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, algae, other non-traditional species, as well as the production of live feeds.
Students are taught advanced aquaculture techniques, proper management practices for sustainable aquaculture development, disease prevention and control, feeds formulation and manufacturing, feeding management strategies, water quality control and recirculation systems. Environmental issues are also addressed. All stages of planning and development of an aquaculture project are covered, from site selection and feasibility study to processing, market and commercialization, with emphasis on determining the technical and economic feasibility of aquaculture projects. The preparation of projects and grant proposals are outlined.
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MAF 512 Aquaculture Management I (Species, systems and environmental issues): focus on species, environment, management, economics and operational aspects of sustainable aquaculture operations.
MAF 513 Aquaculture Management II (Advanced Techniques in Sustainable Aquaculture): focus on science and technology issues related to aquaculture and the environment. This is primarily a lab course, taking place especially in the hatchery.
MAF 519 Aquaculture Management III: Practical, hands-on experience is provided during a 2-week workshop to Panama. During the last 6 years this course has been thought together with the Annual Tuna Workshop at the Interamerican Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) as a part of collaborative agreement with UM RSMAS.
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