AQUATIC ANIMAL NUTRITION

AGR2AAN

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will introduce detailed knowledge of animal nutrition related to the feeding of aquaculture animals for economically optimal growth in intensive aquaculture systems. A focus on nutrition will provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to the management of aquaculture animals for economically optimal growth in intensive aquaculture systems. Practical aspects of the subject will focus on the formulation of diets suitable in form and nutritional composition for aquatic animals. Students will develop practical skills at the NMIT Aquaculture Training and Research Centre, where students will have the opportunity to undertake feeding experiments and trials using prepared feeds. Aquacultural principles that will be covered include feed formulation, growth, feeding behaviour, automatic feeders, feeding frequency, experimental methods, pellet size, pellet form and evaluation of diet performance through experimentation.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings'Murray cod nutrition', in B Ingram & S De Silva (eds), Final Report to the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (Project No. 1999/328)RecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, R, Collins, R, Abery, N, Ingram, B & Gooley, G 2004PRIMARY INDUSTRIES RESEARCH VICTORIA, DPI, ALEXANDRA, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
ReadingsGastrointestinal and metabolic effect of feeding schedule on voluntary feed intake and growth of European eel, Anguilla anguillaRecommendedHeinsbroek, L, Goedegebuur, B, Bloemhof, G, Flach, R and de Jong, G 2007ACQUCULTURE INTERNATIONAL, VOL. 16-2, PP. 93-108.
ReadingsGrowth performance, feed efficiency and fatty acid composition of juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii, fed graded levels of canola and linseed oilRecommendedFrancis, D, Turchini, G, Jones, P & De Silva, S 2007AQUACULTURE NUTRITION, VOL. 13-5, PP. 335-350.
ReadingsHandbook on Ingredients for Aquaculture FeedsRecommendedHertrampf, J & Piedad-Pascual, F 2003KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS, THE NETHERLANDS.
ReadingsImpacts of fish oil replacement in Murray cod nutritionRecommendedFrancis, D, 2007PH.D. THESIS, SCHOOL OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY.
ReadingsPerformance of intensively farmed Murray cod Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell) fed newly formulated vs. currently used commerical diets & a comparison of fillet composition of farmed & wild fishRecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, R & Ingram, B 2004AQUACULTURE RESEARCH, VOL. 35-11, PP. 1039-1052.
ReadingsPerformance of juvenile Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii peelii (Mitchell), fed diets with different protein to energy ratioRecommendedDe Silva, S, Gunasekera, R, Collins, R & Ingram, B 2002AQUACULTURE NUTRITION, VOL. 8, PP. 79-85.
ReadingsPlankton culture manualRecommendedHoff, F & Snell, T 20046TH EDN, FLORIDA AQUA FARMS, DADE CITY, FLA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify the importance of key nutritional components of diets and the nutritional requirements of aquatic animals

Activities:
Workshop sessions will be used to inform students of the nutritional requirements of aquatic animals. Recent research findings will be discussed.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs

02. Describe the principles of feed distribution and growth, and develop feed requirement plans for aquatic animals

Activities:
Workshop sessions, case studies and practical exercises using the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles. Students will have the opportunity to test feeding theories and plans.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

03. Formulate and produce diets suitable in form and nutritional composition for feeding to aquatic animals

Activities:
Workshop sessions, case studies and practical exercises using the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles to the formulation of diets. Students will have the opportunity test feeding theories and plans.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness
Creative Problem-solving

04. Conduct experiments to evaluate performance of diet nutrient profiles of particular species in relation to the economics of feeding and environmental sustainability

Activities:
Workshop sessions, case studies and practical exercises using the aquaculture facilities will be used to apply feed principles. Students will have the opportunity to test feeding theories and plans. An oral presentation to the class will form the basis of discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Inquiry/ Research

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Nutritional management plan (1500 words)35 02
Practical and calculation reports (6 during semester short answer)35 02, 03
Project report (best practice) (1250 words)30 01, 03, 04