National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Examines the aquaculture industry in Australia and overseas, the main aquaculture techniques and species, focusing on sustainable aquaculture. Examines the main components of aquaculture ventures, including water quality control, disease control, and environmental impacts. Provides practical experience in rearing of fish, invertebrate and seaweed species, emphasising hatchery techniques.

Unit content

1. Overview of the Australian and world aquaculture industry
2. Finfish
3. Molluscs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers
4. Crustaceans
5. Seaweed
6. Diseases in aquaculture
7. Water quality
8. Aquaculture systems
9. Sustainable aquaculture

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • This text is not compulsory but may assist revision and study: Lucas, JS & Southgate, PC (eds), 2003, Aquaculture: Farming aquatic animals and plants, Blackwell publishing, Carlton.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 8 hours (3 days)
Exam: closed book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 8 hours (3 days)
Exam: closed book60%

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