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AQ3002 - Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology

This subject discusses nutritional principles as they relate to aquatic organisms and the types of feeds used in aquaculture. Topics include major nutrients (structure, function and availability), nutritional requirements of fish, crustaceans and molluscs, physical and nutritional characteristics of live feeds, culture of live feeds, manufacture of various artificial diets, characteristics of artificial diets, feeding strategies used in aquaculture.

Learning Outcomes

  • an understanding of current problems and future research directions for aquaculture feeds development;
  • an understanding of the principles of nutrition and the nutritional requirements of cultured aquatic organisms;
  • an understanding of the production methods used for live and artificial feeds in aquaculture;
  • detailed knowledge of the physical and nutritional characteristics of the various live and artificial feeds in aquaculture.
Students enrolling in this subject should have a good understanding of basic biology and aquaculture principles, and should have completed BS2001 (or BZ2001) AND AQ2001 or equivalent. A basic background in chemistry is highly recommended (eg CH1001).
Prerequisites: AQ2001 and (BS2001 OR BZ2001 OR AG2001) and allow concurrent for BZ2001
AQ3320 AQ5002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: Dr Igor Pirozzi.
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.