09725 - Aquaculture

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Docente: Adele Meluzzi
  • Credits: 4
  • SSD: AGR/20
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Animal Production (cod. 8882)

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is to provide practical and basic knowledge brook stoks on the breeding technologies of the main aquatic species. In particular, the student will be able to manage the aquatic environment and production phases, from the management of broodstocks, reproduction, incubation and larval rearing and fattening of salmonids, eels, sea bass, sea bream and cyprinids. In addition, the student will acquire the basic notions for the management of extensive and intensive farming systems on the ground and at sea

Course contents

State of the art of  world, european and italian aquaculture. Fish species of interest for aquaculture: basic knowledge of systematics, biology and morphology. Physico-chemical requirements of water used in aquaculture. Characteristics of the plants and equipments used in the various stages of breeding. Salmonids: biological cycle and morphological characteristics; reproduction; incubation and hatching of eggs; breeding and fattening; grading; harvest and commercialization of the product. Eel production: biological cycle; supply of juveniles, glass eel and juveniles weaning, farming systems, fattening, grading, harvesting and marketing. Marine fish species production (sea bass and sea bream). Management of a hatchery for marine species. Ecophysiological conditioning and hormonal stimulation of breeders. Egg deposition, hatching, larval weaning and rearing, fattening in basins and cages. Extensive breeding in brackish waters. Cyprinids: natural and artificial breeding techniques, weaning and fattening. Basic information about fish nutrition.


Cataudella S. & Bronzi P. Unimar. Acquacoltura Responsabile- Uniprom 2001

Giordani G. Melotti P. Elementi di Acquacoltura - Edagricole, Bologna, 1984

Slides of the lessons

Teaching methods

Lessons, visits to aquaculture plants, seminars on topics to be defined during the course.

Assessment methods

The assessment of learning will be carried out by oral examination based on three questions and aims to verify the acquisition of basic knowledge on production techniques, nutrition of poultry species, management of the breeding environment and on the topics treated at lesson and in seminars. The final grade is defined by the arithmetic average of the votes reported in the 3 questions.

Students wishing to take the exam in English must request it to the teacher at least two days before the exam.

Teaching tools

The slides of the lessons will be made available to the student electronically during the course and published on VIRTUALE

Office hours

See the website of Adele Meluzzi


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.