agr3mca applied mollusc crustacean aquaculture



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students of this subject will develop knowledge of and practical skills in the production of important mollusc and crustacean species in aquaculture facilities. Students will study aspects of mollusc and crustacean aquaculture from details of biology to the harvesting of selected important mollusc and crustacean species relevant to the aquaculture industry. By developing knowledge of the biology, life cycle and common diseases of mollusc and crustacean species students will increase understanding of the breeding, larval rearing and growout of molluscs and crustaceans and hatchery management. Investigation of commercial production techniques of important mollusc and crustacean species will provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to site selection for mollusc and crustacean production facilities, and facilities design and management for the sustainable commercial production of molluscs and crustaceans.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI1LS1 and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBivalve molluscsRecommendedGosling, E 2003BLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD, UK.
ReadingsCultivation of bivalve shellfishRecommendedAskew, C 2003BLACKWELL SCIENCE, OXFORD, UK.
ReadingsCurrent trends in the study of bacterial and viral fish and shrimp diseasesRecommendedLeung, K 2004WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING RIVER EDGE, NEW JERSEY.
ReadingsDevelopment of longline mussel farming and the influence of sleeve spacing in Prince Edward Island, CanadaRecommendedComeau, A, Drapeau, A, Landry, T & Davidson, J 2008AQUACULTURE, VOL. 281, NO. 1-4, PP. 56-62.
ReadingsFreshwater prawns: biology and farmingRecommendedNew, M, B 2010BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA, USA.
ReadingsSalinity effects on reproduction of giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man)RecommendedYen, P, & Bart, A, 2008AQUACULTURE, VOL.280, NO. 1-4, PP. 124-128.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Communicate and present key concepts of mollusc and crustacean aquaculture utilising relevant scientific language

Workshop sessions and group discussions will be used to develop suitable scientific language. Small group exercises will be used.

02. Identify commercially important mollusc and crustacean species produced through aquaculture

Workshops and fieldtrips will be used to demonstrate and analyse commercially important mollusc and crustaceans.

03. Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to the management of mollusc and crustaceans in hatcheries

Workshops and fieldtrips will be used to assist the students in applying skills and theories to the management of mollusc and crustacean hatcheries. A design report will be presented to the class.

04. Research and identify suitable sites for the production of molluscs and crustaceans

Workshops and field trips will be used to develop plans for suitable facilities for the production of molluscs and crustaceans. Reports by small groups will be discussed in class.

05. Recognise and reflect on social, ethical and environmental issues pertaining to mollusc and crustacean aquaculture

Group discussions in workshops on ethical, social and environmental issues will be undertaken. Controversial issues will need solid research and evidence-based argument.

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