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Aquaculture 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Aquaculture
Aquaculture course online. Develop a capacity to develop and manage freshwater aquaculture enterprises. Aquaculture is the farming of water animals (eg. Fish, crustaceans) for human consumption.
This course covers: water (e.g.source, purity, flow, temperature, dissolved oxygen), stocking rates, spawning, checking stock, stripping, fertilization, hatching, growth stages, feeding, harvesting, stocking and more.
Lesson Structure: Aquaculture BAG2111 Introduction to Aquaculture
- Scope and nature of freshwater aquaculture
- Resources, references, organisations around the world
- Equipment and material suppliers
- Open, semi closed and closed systems
- Extensive production
- Intensive production
- Water containment: earth, concrete, wood, brick, stone, fibre-glass, liners, etc
- Dams and water storage: siting, site
- Selection criteria
- Water resources
- Scale of operation
- Other resources: manpower, knowledge, support services, etc.
- Market demand and access
- Ecological considerations
- Risk considerations
- Review of different fish: we review many fish and other species suited to farming in Australia,the UK and other countries), including:
- Rainbow trout
- Brown trout
- River blackfish
- Three main trout species
- Farming trout
- Determining flow in source water
- Water temperature
- Water dissolved oxygen
- Stocking rates for production pools
- Spawning trout
- Checking the fish
- Stripping technique
- Fertilisation of ova
- Hatching ova
- From hatch to free swimming stage
- After free swim stage
- Industry perspective
- Breeding and growth rates
- Induced breeding; hormone injection
- Fry management and after care
- Grow out
- Pond rearing for larvae
- Barramundi diseases and parasites
- Varieties: Australian bass, American loudmouth, Smallmouth
- Habitat requirements: temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH
- Natural spawning cycle
- Controlled spawning
- Scope and nature of crustacean aquaculture
- Marron and Yabbie
- Conditions: water, temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, organic loading, water clarity, pod size
- Initial breeding stocks
- Production potential
- Stocking rates
- Composts for Marron feeding
- Red Claw
- Land and water
- Water requirements
- Extensive production dams
- Intensive production pools and raceways
- Biological filtration systems
- Filter efficiency
- Clearing turbid water in dams
- Protecting fish
- Improving genetic quality of fish
- Economics of establishing and running an aquaculture farm
- Financial management
- Financial institutions
- Better planning
- What to plan for
- Scope and nature
- Pelleted feed
- Live feed
- Brine shrimp
- Night lights
- Oil meals
- Fish food production
- Beef heart
- Seafood and vegetable mix
- Earthworm and compost production
- Harvesting techniques: seine nets, gill nets, traps, long lines, funnel trap, flyke trap, etc
- Fish pumps
- Mechanical graders
- Fish health management
- Review of diseases: salmonids, barramundi, trout, carp, etc
Learning Goals: Aquaculture BAG211
- To discuss the nature and scope of freshwater aquaculture
- Explain different aquaculture production systems
- Compare the cultural requirements of different types of fish and choose the most suitable for aquaculture in your region.
- Explain the commercial production of trout
- Explain the commercial production of barramundi, eel and catfish
- Explain the commercial production of bass
- Explain cultural practices for freshwater crayfish
- Develop informed management decisions for establishing an aquaculture enterprise
- Explain methods, including feeding and harvesting, used to manage freshwater animal populations
- Describe harvesting and marketing in an aquaculture enterprise
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Explain the importance of correct feed to the success of a specified aquaculture enterprise.
- List the components of an aquaculture production system.
- Compare extensive production systems with intensive production systems.
- Assess the production systems used in three different aquaculture enterprises.
- Research and describe a successful aquaculture production system.
- List freshwater fish suitable for aquaculture in your region.
- List saltwater fish suitable for aquaculture in your region.
- Describe the requirements for different commonly grown freshwater fish, including:
- Describe the requirements of one type of salt water fish which has commercial potential for farming.
- Distinguish, by labeling unlabelled diagrams, between visual characteristics of different freshwater crayfish, including:
- Red claw
- Describe the cultural practices for different freshwater crayfish, including:
- Red claw
- Explain how water quality may affect production in an aquaculture system.
- Explain different methods of treating water in aquaculture, including:
- Develop a list of criteria for selecting a site suitable for a specified freshwater aquaculture purpose.
- Explain how varying stocking rates can affect the condition of a specified type of animal in aquaculture.
- Compare the potential affects on aquaculture species, of different methods of containing water, including:
- Ponds constructed with liners
- An earth dam
- Concrete tanks
- Flowing water
- Still water
- Compare various methods of feeding commercial species, including fish and crayfish, with reference to the type of food and the way it is delivered to the animals.
- Compare three different aquaculture feeds which are available commercially, with reference to:
- appropriate applications
- Compare different harvesting techniques with reference to:
- equipment required
- time required
- damage to animal.
- Describe how to construct different types of water storage facilities, including:
- Ponds constructed with liners
- An earth dam
- Concrete tanks.
- Prepare a detailed management system for one species suitable for aquaculture, including details of:
- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of aquaculture with those of other types of agricultural enterprises.
- Compile a list of different resources in the aquaculture industry including:
- Information sources
- Equipment suppliers
- Materials suppliers.
- Analyse aquaculture marketing systems, on both a national and international level.
- Evaluate the marketability of different specified types of aquaculture produce.
- Evaluate the viability of a proposed, specified aquaculture venture.
Excerpt from the Course
CHOOSING WHAT TO FARM Your choice will depend on many considerations, including:
- Water resources
- Scale of operation
- Other resources: manpower, knowledge, support services etc.
- Market demand and access
- Ecological considerations: availability of animals, legislation on living animal trade
- Risk Considerations: disease, pest, reliability of growth rate, stability of markets.
Some animals are more environmentally sensitive than others. Some may require cold water, others hot water; and others water where temperature fluctuations are minimal. Some need deeper water; others are able to grow in shallower water. Some species need certain water salinity or alkalinity in specific periods of development. In general, cold freshwater fishes require more pristine waters and stable oxygen concentrations, therefore more control on water quality, than warm water estuarine fish.
Water quality may be more important to some animals than others. Some may grow in poor quality or contaminated water, but the quality of the harvest (taste, levels of pollutants such as mercury, etc) can become an issue if water quality is poor. Oxygen levels can affect rate of growth in animals, as can chemicals in the water. High levels of nitrogen together with light can cause algal blooms which can block pipes, and may cause other problems as well –but may also provide food for aquatic animals.
Sometimes set up costs can be very high (e.g. creating dams, installing tanks, filtration systems etc) Some properties may already have dams or other previously built or naturally occurring water resources that can be used. Some animals may be grown to a marketable size quickly; while others take a lot longer. It is not only important to have adequate money to set up a venture but also the cash flow to maintain operations until a return on investment is realized.
Scale of Operation
Some types of aquaculture can be intensive, requiring relatively little land. Other types need to be operated on a much larger scale to be profitable. Your choice of animal may be determined by the scale on which you are able to operate.
Other resources (manpower, knowledge, support services, etc)
Larger scale operations will need more manpower. If something goes wrong, you either need the expertise yourself or experts help close at hand to deal with the problem. For farms that are located in isolated communities (for example), it may be difficult to obtain help from a veterinary expert, an engineer or irrigation expert, or some other expert, as and when you need it.
Some products sell well, but that may be because they are difficult to produce; or perhaps because they are in fashion at the present moment. This does not necessarily mean you will sell them well, or make a profit on them if you start planning to grow them now. There may be others also starting aquaculture ventures targeting this market or perhaps the cost of production is so high that despite demand, there might not be a big profit. Current demand is none the less an indicator of likely demand later on. Demand is only one consideration when deciding whether the market opportunity will be strong. There are all sorts of costs involved in marketing as well. Consider how well the product keeps, the cost of processing, transport, packaging etc. Consider alternative options for marketing also. Some fish may be preserved by freezing, smoking, canning, pickling etc: thus extending the shelf life; but this may also change the nature of the product. Processing may add value to your produce; but it can also increase the overall production cost.
Availability of Animals
You may identify an animal species that would be ideal to farm, but if it is unavailable or illegal to grow in your region, there is little point in planning its production.
Some animals are more prone to disease, growth rates are more sensitive and variable, or market demand is less reliable. Drought, variations in water quality (or depth) and other factors can also be risks. You need to consider risks; and choose animals to farm that will be less risky for you in your situation.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,