agr2aqa reproduction genetic aquatic animals




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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

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 EcologyRecommendedtbatba
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.

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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 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.

WorkShopWeek: 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.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Practical and Group problem solving reports (2,000-words equivalent)5001, 04, 05
Design assessment: Reproduction management plan report (1,200-words)3001, 02, 04
Written Exam- 1 hour (1,000-words equivalent)2002, 03