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New aquaculture course serves employer needs and student preferences

US - A new Aquaculture Minor starts at the University of WisconsinStevens Point(UWSP) this autumn 2007. The certificate of higher education has been designed so students interested in commercial fish farming, aquarium trade, or state, federal, and tribal hatchery programs can specialise in specific areas.

With a leading College of Natural Resources, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is a natural location for studies in aquaculture, says Chris Hartleb, professor of biology and co-director of the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility.

"We already offered courses, but I put together a panel of people who work in fisheries and asked them what they needed future employees to know," he explained.

His discussions revealed that UWSP offered all but one of the necessary courses, and so he decided to create a minor in aquaculture.

The minor in Aquaculture/Fish Culture consists of 27 credits, which students can accumulate by studying a number of courses. Topics covered within the courses the include:

  • Biology
  • Aquatic invertebrate zoology
  • Water chemistry
  • Fisheries ecology
  • Animal parasitology
  • Priniciples of fishery management
  • Environmental toxicology and risk assessment
  • Wetlands ecology and management
  • Techniques of captive wildlife management
  • Marketing
The program is designed so that students can specialise in key areas of aquaculture through elective courses which meet their areas of interest.

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