REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS OF AQUATIC ANIMALS
Credit points: 15
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.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites Admission into SBATE
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Biotechnology and genetics in fisheries and aquaculture||Recommended||Beaumont, A, Boudry, P & Hoare, K 2010||WILEY-BLACKWELL, OXFORD.|
|Readings||Ecological and genetic implications of aquaculture activities||Recommended||Bert, T 2007||SPRINGER, THE NETHERLANDS.|
|Readings||Fish reproduction||Recommended||Rocha, M, Arukwe, A & Kapoor B (eds) 2008||SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, NEW JERSEY, USA.|
|Readings||Fish spermatology||Recommended||Alavi, S, Coward, K & Rafiee, G 2008||ALPHA SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL, OXFORD, UK.|
|Readings||Hatchery manual for the production for Snapper (Pagrus auratus) and Black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri)||Recommended||Partridge, G 2003||W.A. AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT UNIT, FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.|
|Readings||Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology||Recommended||tba||tba|
|Readings||Selective breeding in Aquaculture: an introduction||Recommended||Gjedrem, T & Baranski, M 2009||SPRINGER DORDRECHT HEIDELBERG, LONDON.|
|Readings||The effect of temperature on the incubation of eggs of the tropical rock lobster||Recommended||Sachlikidis, N, Jones, C & Seymour, J 2010||AQUACULTURE, VOL. 305, PP. 79-83.|
|Readings||Why is cannibalism so rare among cultured larvae and juveniles of Pangasius djambal Morphological, behavioural, and enegertic answers||Recommended||Baras, E, Hafsaridewi, R, Slembrouck, J, Priyadi, A, Moreau, Y, Pouyard, L & Legendre, M 2010||AQUACULTURE, VOL. 305, PP. 42-51.|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Explain the morphology of the major systems and mechanisms controlling reproduction
- Use of group discussion in workshop sessions and practical exercises will give the students knowledge of the morphology and physiology of reproduction in aquatic animals.
02. Identify, describe and explain principles of fish genetics and the mechanism of natural selection
- Workshop sessions and practical exercises will be used demonstrate the principles of genetics, natural selection and its application for selection for particular traits.
03. Describe artificial selection strategies to improve the performance of farm stock
- Workshop sessions and practical exercises will be used to demonstrate the principles and application of selection for particular traits. Small groups will develop selection strategies and present them to the class.
04. Describe, explain and apply OHS and fish breeding risk management principles and practices and reflect on environmental and ethical issues
- Demonstrations in workshop sessions will expose students to the dangers inherent in fish breeding activities. Use of job safety analysis sheets or equivalent will be used to assess the risks the personnel, animals and the environment. Group discussions will also include ethical issues and regulations.
05. Prepare reports on production of fish using appropriate scientific terminology
- Workshop sessions and group discussions will help all assessment exercises to use applicable scientific terminology and referencing. Presentations by groups will be at a standard scientific acceptable and individual and group tutoring will be used.
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Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
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.
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Practical and Group problem solving reports (2,000-words equivalent)||50||01, 04, 05|
|Design assessment: Reproduction management plan report (1,200-words)||30||01, 02, 04|
|Written Exam- 1 hour (1,000-words equivalent)||20||02, 03|