Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will develop detailed knowledge of reproduction and genetics in relation to egg production techniques, stock improvement and selection programs for use in aquaculture farms. Students will develop knowledge and skills in finfish egg production, larval and juvenile fish rearing, stock improvement using genetic engineering and selection. A practical approach to genetics will include selection methods for use on farms. Physiological and biological aspects of aquatic animals will be investigated along with fish rearing techniques and risks associated with fish breeding and management. 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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBiotechnology and genetics in fisheries and aquacultureRecommendedBeaumont, A, Boudry, P & Hoare, K 2010WILEY-BLACKWELL, OXFORD.
ReadingsEcological and genetic implications of aquaculture activitiesRecommendedBert, T 2007SPRINGER, THE NETHERLANDS.
ReadingsFish reproductionRecommendedRocha, M, Arukwe, A & Kapoor B (eds) 2008SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, NEW JERSEY, USA.
ReadingsFish spermatologyRecommendedAlavi, S, Coward, K & Rafiee, G 2008ALPHA SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, OXFORD, UK.
ReadingsHatchery manual for the production for Snapper (Pagrus auratus) and Black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri)RecommendedPartridge, G 2003W.A. AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT UNIT, FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
ReadingsJournal of Experimental Biology and EcologyRecommendedN/AN/A
ReadingsSelective breeding in Aquaculture: an introductionRecommendedGjedrem, T & Baranski, M 2009SPRINGER DORDRECHT HEIDELBERG, LONDON.
ReadingsThe effect of temperature on the incubation of eggs of the tropical rock lobsterRecommendedSachlikidis, N, Jones, C & Seymour, J 2010AQUACULTURE, VOL. 305, PP. 79-83.
ReadingsWhy is cannibalism so rare among cultured larvae and juveniles of Pangasius djambal Morphological, behavioural, and enegertic answersRecommendedBaras, E, Hafsaridewi, R, Slembrouck, J, Priyadi, A, Moreau, Y, Pouyard, L & Legendre, M 2010AQUACULTURE, VOL. 305, PP. 42-51.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

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.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Literature review (1000 words)30
Practical Work Report (1000 words)35
Reproduction management plan report (1000 words)35