66272 - Aquaculture II

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

Zero hunger Quality education Responsible consumption and production Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides fundamental knowledge about modern farming technologies of the major marine fish farming (sea bass and sea bream) and some promising new species of commercial interest. In addition the course will explore the most relevant crustacean and bivalve farming techniques.  At the end of the course the student will acquire the technical and scientific knowledge to manage a modern system of marine aquaculture.

Course contents

Module 1

Extensive aquaculture, examples of extensive aquaculture in Italy
Recirculation systems: operating units of a recirculating system
Intensive aquaculture production: marine species production, with particular reference to sea bream and sea bass. Hatchery, inland tanks, floating cages.

Module 2

Shellfish farming, classification of production areas, installation of an aquaculture site, techniques for breeding and growth of shellfish, venericulture, mussel farming, oysters farming, economic management of shellfish farming


Notes and slides

Acquacoltura Responsabile. A cura di S. Cataudella e P. Bronzi. Unimar-Uniprom (eds), Roma

Manual on Hatchery Production of Seabass and Gilthead Seabream. Moretti et al. Fao, Roma. http://www.fao.org/docrep/008/y6018e/y6018e00.HTM

Parma, L., Bonaldo, A. Larval fish weaning (2013) Larval Fish Aquaculture, pp. 201-222.

Design and Operating Guide for Aquaculture Seawater Systems - Second EditionEdited by John E. Huguenin, John ColtJ. Colt Elsevier

Teaching methods

The course is divided in classroom lectures and practical training. During the lessons, the various parts of the program will be explained, even with the projections of photos and videos relating to farming systems and technologies used in aquaculture

Assessment methods

Module 1

The exam is oral and consists of asking to the candidate two or three questions to verify the know-how on culture techniques of marine fish. In particular: The hatchery for sea bass and sea bream. Intensive recirculation aquaculture system. Most important shrimp species and culture techniques. Extensive aquaculture in Italy.

Module 2

The exam is written

Teaching tools

Overhead and video projector, PC, laboratories and visits to fish farms.

Office hours

See the website of Luca Parma

See the website of Giuseppe Prioli