Courses of Study: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grade 9 - 12, Aqua Experience, 2009

1.) Identify career opportunities in aquaculture.

2.) Identify safety precautions associated with producing fish.

3.) Trace the history of aquaculture.

4.) Explain extensive, semi-intensive, and intensive aquaculture production.

Examples: extensive—low animal density, low economic risk, little or no environmental manipulation, including aeration, feeding, and fertilization

- semi-intensive—moderate animal density, moderate economic risk, moderate environmental manipulation, including supplemental aeration and supplemental feeding

- intensive—high animal density, high economic risk, complete environmental manipulation, including continuous aeration, nutritionally complete feeding, and biological waste management

5.) Describe the role of scientific research relative to the aquaculture industry.

•  Identifying vaccines, antibiotics, and breeding techniques used in the aquaculture industry
•  Identifying sources of nutrients and feed components used in the aquaculture industry
•  Identifying aquaculture production methods and management strategies for recirculating systems, cages, raceways, ponds, partitioned aquaculture systems, and super-intensive aquaculture systems
6.) Explain the economic impact of aquaculture at the local, state, and national levels.

7.) Differentiate among water quality parameters relative to the culture of aquatic organisms, including ammonia and nitrate toxicity and pH, oxygen, and temperature tolerances.

8.) Explain entrepreneurship opportunities available in the aquaculture industry.

9.) Explain results of an aquaculture market survey.

•  Comparing various aquaculture market outlets
Examples: local, regional, national, international

•  Identifying market promotions for the aquaculture industry
10.) Construct a budget for an aquaculture operation.

11.) Compare aquasystem designs for various aquatic species.

•  Designing a maintenance plan for an aquasystem
•  Identifying site specifications, components, and operations for aquasystems