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AQ3002 - Aquaculture: Feeds and Nutrition

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Marine & Tropical Biology (pre 2015)

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 BZ2001 and AQ2001 or equivalent. A basic background in chemistry is highly recommended.
Prerequisites: At least 12 credit points of Level 2 AQ, BC, BZ, CH, EA, EV, MA, MB or PH science subjects and 3 credit points of level 2 aquaculture subjects.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Igor Pirozzi
Lecturers: Dr Igor Pirozzi, Professor Paul Southgate.
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.