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Teach Aquaculture Curriculum: Introduction

Cortney L. Ohs, R. Leroy Creswell, Amber L. Garr, Carlos V. Martinez, Brian E. Myers, Elisa J. Livengood, Craig S. Kasper, and Frank A. Chapman

This curriculum provides teachers a series of individual modules covering topics on aquaculture and aquatic sciences. This curriculum has been written at a 9th grade level but is highly adaptable to grades 5–12. The curriculum contains seven modules; each contains specific directions to multiple low-cost and easy to implement activities. Each activity lists the Florida Sunshine State Standards and Student Performance Standards that activity covers. These activities are related to all the sciences, mathematics, and reading and writing. The curriculum activities can be implemented in complete form by teachers of aquaculture courses or individual activities could be incorporated into existing courses covering a wide variety of subjects.

These modules are designed to engage students in aquaculture and the aquatic sciences by providing activities, supporting materials, PowerPoint presentations, and assessments. The materials associated with these EDIS documents are available on the website and direct links to the materials are listed within each EDIS document.

These modules were developed by a team from Florida consisting of curriculum development experts, aquatic science professors, aquaculture specialists, sea grant Extension agents, and graduate students. These modules have been critically reviewed by a group of middle and high school teachers in Florida and have been tested and implemented by schools throughout the United States. Their suggestions and ideas have been incorporated in these activities.

The development of this curriculum was funded in 2008–2009 by the Florida Aquaculture Review Council through two separate grants, one awarded to University of Florida and Hillsborough Community College, and a second awarded to Florida Atlantic University at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

Please look at the content of these modules outlined below and find activities and information that can be incorporated into your classes.

  1. General Biology of Aquaculture Species

a. Anatomy of a Fish

b. Fish Eating Contest

c. Anatomy of a Clam

d. Anatomy of a Shrimp / Crawfish

2. Design and Operation of Growout Production Facilities

a. Ponds

i. How Big is that Pond?

ii. Soil Permeability

iii. Determination of Diel Changes in Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations in Pond Water

b. Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

i. Aquaculture Measurements Made Easy

ii. Exploring Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

iii. Air-Lift Pump and Flow Rate Determination

3. Broodstock Breeding and Hatchery

a. Aqua-Pop Culture: Domestication and Broodstock Development

b. Clam Spawning

c. Clam Larval Culture

d. Dancing with Brine Shrimp

4. Water Quality

a. How DO Changes with Salinity

b. The Process of Nitrification in Aquaria

c. What is in that Water: Bacteria and UV Light

d. Chlorine: Friend or Foe?

5. Nutrition

a. Make a Fish Food

b. Understanding Feed Conversion Ratios

c. Understanding Differences in Fish Food

d. What Makes a Good Fish Food?

6. Harvesting, Processing, and Packaging

a. COOL: Country of Origin Labeling

7. Plant Aquaculture

a. Plant Identification Using Dichotomous Keys

Publication #FA177

Release Date:April 20, 2018

Reviewed At:August 30, 2021

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About this Publication

This document is FA177, one of a series of the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2010. Reviewed March 2018. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

Cortney L. Ohs, assistant professor, School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center; R. LeRoy Creswell, Florida Sea Grant regional Extension agent; Amber L. Garr, research associate, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University Center for Aquaculture and Stock Enhancement; Carlos V. Martinez, assistant in Extension, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Brian E. Myers, associate professor, Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; Elisa J. Livengood, graduate student, School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; Craig S. Kasper, aquaculture program manager, Hillsborough Community College; and Frank A. Chapman, associate professor, School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences, Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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