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AQT-200 Sustainable Aquaculture

3 credits


This course discusses important issues related to the effect of aquaculture to the environment, economy and society. The scope encompasses ecological interactions between aquaculture and the environment from local to ecosystem scales, including current issues, comparison of systems, species, production methods, environments, and socioeconomics. In addition, a variety of Canadian aquaculture sustainability approaches will be discussed including regulations, permits, certifications, and fish health management plans.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-200 Sustainable Aquaculture

3 credits


This course discusses important issues related to the effect of aquaculture to the environment, economy and society. The scope encompasses ecological interactions between aquaculture and the environment from local to ecosystem scales, including current issues, comparison of systems, species, production methods, environments, and socioeconomics. In addition, a variety of Canadian aquaculture sustainability approaches will be discussed including regulations, permits, certifications, and fish health management plans.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-201 Biology of Cultured Finfish

3 credits


This course provides an overview of several major biological concepts, with an emphasis on the biology of salmonid species utilized in the aquaculture industry. The course covers topics on taxonomy and diversity, anatomy, organ systems, reproduction, life cycle, life history and migration patten, physiology, ecology, and genetics as they relate to aquaculture.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-201 Biology of Cultured Finfish

3 credits


This course provides an overview of several major biological concepts, with an emphasis on the biology of salmonid species utilized in the aquaculture industry. The course covers topics on taxonomy and diversity, anatomy, organ systems, reproduction, life cycle, life history and migration patten, physiology, ecology, and genetics as they relate to aquaculture.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-202 Aquaculture Equipment and Facility Maintenance

3 credits


This course will introduce students to the operation and maintenance of aquaculture facilities and equipment. This course also includes technical mathematical skills and use of MS Excel as applied to physical, chemical and biological aspects of the daily operations in an aquaculture farm site. Basic concepts in aquaculture engineering will be introduced as related to operations and management of specific hatchery facilities and farm sites such as basic systems including electrical, plumbing, water supply, drainage, aeration, and recirculating aquaculture systems. Knowledge and skills on the use of "Fishtalk" and "AquaManager" for data entry and analysis of data in the day to day farm site operations will be introduced. Aquaculture safety and health will be reviewed and student will gain hands on experience with operation and maintenance of equipment used at aquaculture facilities.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-202 Aquaculture Equipment and Facility Maintenance

3 credits


This course will introduce students to the operation and maintenance of aquaculture facilities and equipment. This course also includes technical mathematical skills and use of MS Excel as applied to physical, chemical and biological aspects of the daily operations in an aquaculture farm site. Basic concepts in aquaculture engineering will be introduced as related to operations and management of specific hatchery facilities and farm sites such as basic systems including electrical, plumbing, water supply, drainage, aeration, and recirculating aquaculture systems. Knowledge and skills on the use of "Fishtalk" and "AquaManager" for data entry and analysis of data in the day to day farm site operations will be introduced. Aquaculture safety and health will be reviewed and student will gain hands on experience with operation and maintenance of equipment used at aquaculture facilities.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-203 Aquaculture Technical Communication

3 credits


This course encompasses business communication, technical writing, and presentation methods that are applicable in aquaculture industry operations. Students will learn and practice skills in how to prepare a technical report, memo, internal business email, and other relevant communications. Computer skills in word processing and presentation will be reviewed. Students will also be introduced to project management, teamwork and team building, coaching and mentoring, creative problem solving, workplace diversity, workplace harassment, stress management, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-203 Aquaculture Technical Communication

3 credits


This course encompasses business communication, technical writing, and presentation methods that are applicable in aquaculture industry operations. Students will learn and practice skills in how to prepare a technical report, memo, internal business email, and other relevant communications. Computer skills in word processing and presentation will be reviewed. Students will also be introduced to project management, teamwork and team building, coaching and mentoring, creative problem solving, workplace diversity, workplace harassment, stress management, interpersonal skills, and conflict resolution.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-204 Finfish Grow-out Production

4 credits


This course focuses on salmonid husbandry techniques and principles that include feeds and feeding (nutrition), fish health and biosecurity, development and growth, physiological requirements, fish handling, environmental monitoring, and culture facilities. Management of salmonids from smolt to marketable size and harvesting procedures will be emphasized. Advances in salmonid culture and application of biotechnology to improve production will be discussed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-204 Finfish Grow-out Production

4 credits


This course focuses on salmonid husbandry techniques and principles that include feeds and feeding (nutrition), fish health and biosecurity, development and growth, physiological requirements, fish handling, environmental monitoring, and culture facilities. Management of salmonids from smolt to marketable size and harvesting procedures will be emphasized. Advances in salmonid culture and application of biotechnology to improve production will be discussed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-205 Finfish Hatchery Production

4 credits


This course focuses on general salmonid hatchery production techniques and principles. Broodstock development, salmonid reproduction, egg incubation, alevin rearing, parr culture, smoltification, vaccination, and sea site transfer are examined in this context including the control of hatchery conditions to maintain optimal fish health at early life stages. Salmonid hatchery production system and management are highlighted.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-205 Finfish Hatchery Production

4 credits


This course focuses on general salmonid hatchery production techniques and principles. Broodstock development, salmonid reproduction, egg incubation, alevin rearing, parr culture, smoltification, vaccination, and sea site transfer are examined in this context including the control of hatchery conditions to maintain optimal fish health at early life stages. Salmonid hatchery production system and management are highlighted.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-206 Fish Diseases and Health


This course covers health and diseases of salmonids from the perspective of the cultured fish, the pathogen, and the environment. Major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases of aquatic species are studied; and pathogen characteristics, epidemiology, prevention, control and management are investigated. Biosecurity protocols are emphasized. Also included are: sea lice identification and monitoring; and advanced Harmful Algal Monitoring Program (HAMP) training.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-206 Fish Diseases and Health


This course covers health and diseases of salmonids from the perspective of the cultured fish, the pathogen, and the environment. Major viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases of aquatic species are studied; and pathogen characteristics, epidemiology, prevention, control and management are investigated. Biosecurity protocols are emphasized. Also included are: sea lice identification and monitoring; and advanced Harmful Algal Monitoring Program (HAMP) training.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-207 Directed Research Project

6 credits


In this Directed Research Project course, students are required to design and complete an independent research project in finfish aquaculture. In consultation with the instructor and industry partners, students will choose a project that will focus on a specific industry issue or problem (i.e., siting, environmental interaction, feeding, predator control, diseases, facility design, new technologies, etc.). The project will include the preparation of a project proposal, review of literature, rationale, objectives, methodology, analyses of results, conclusion and recommendations. After completion of the research project, students will present their results in a class presentation and a written report.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-207 Directed Research Project

6 credits


In this Directed Research Project course, students are required to design and complete an independent research project in finfish aquaculture. In consultation with the instructor and industry partners, students will choose a project that will focus on a specific industry issue or problem (i.e., siting, environmental interaction, feeding, predator control, diseases, facility design, new technologies, etc.). The project will include the preparation of a project proposal, review of literature, rationale, objectives, methodology, analyses of results, conclusion and recommendations. After completion of the research project, students will present their results in a class presentation and a written report.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-208 Directed Applied Aquaculture Project

6 credits


In consultation with the instructor, students will choose to complete a Directed Applied Aquaculture Project. Each student is required to design and complete an independent applied project in finfish aquaculture. The proposed study must focus on applied aquaculture, for example: improving production in a freshwater or sea-water site; improving operational management; supporting environmental protection related to sustainable aquaculture practices; or an alternate topic of interest to students. After completion of the applied aquaculture project, students will present results and provide a written report.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable

AQT-208 Directed Applied Aquaculture Project

6 credits


In consultation with the instructor, students will choose to complete a Directed Applied Aquaculture Project. Each student is required to design and complete an independent applied project in finfish aquaculture. The proposed study must focus on applied aquaculture, for example: improving production in a freshwater or sea-water site; improving operational management; supporting environmental protection related to sustainable aquaculture practices; or an alternate topic of interest to students. After completion of the applied aquaculture project, students will present results and provide a written report.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to Aquaculture Technician Diploma program.

For more information visit our timetable