OFFERED: Fall Semesters, alternate years (even-numbered).

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Craig V. Sullivan

Department of Biology

Office: Room 242 David Clark Laboratories

Office hours: by appointment

Telephone: 515-7186

Mail to:


PREREQUISITES: None. Open to graduate students and junior and senior undergraduates who are enrolled in ZO 586 (Aquaculture) with permission of instructor.

DESCRIPTION: This is a graduate level course, the laboratory companion to ZO 586 Aquaculture. It involves a series of field trips to government or university research stations and commercial aquaculture operations in the southeastern United States. At these destinations, practicing researchers and fish farmers give seminars on specific aquaculture topics and lead tours of their facilities. Some trips involve actual "hands on" experiences, for example, testing water quality, spawning of trout, feeding and grading of fish, or seining of aquaculture ponds. Many of the trips involve local travel and are conducted during regular class hours. However, several of the trips take place on weekends, include extensive travel in University vans, and involve Friday overnight stays at station dormitories or area motels. Actual destinations change from year to year. Some recent examples include the following:

Testing Water Quality: Aquatic Research Laboratory, NCSU
Closed Recirculating: The "Fish Barn" and Aquatic Research Laboratory, NCSU Aquaculture Systems
Extensive Striped Bass Culture: Pamlico Aquaculture Center & Carolina Fisheries, Aurora, NC
Catfish Culture: Carolina Classics Catfish Inc., Ayden, NC
Seafood Processing, Off Flavors & Consumer Issues: Food Science Dept. Laboratories, NCSU
Intensive Trout Culture: Regional Trout Farms and Pisgah Forest State Fish Hatchery, Fletcher, NC
Ornamental Species, The Retail Perspective: Fish Pro's Aquarium Shop, Raleigh, NC
Intensive Striped Bass Culture: Crane Aquaculture Facility, Baltimore, MD
Aquarium Issues: National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD
Red Drum & Flounder: Marine Resources Research Institute, Charleston, SC
Shrimp Culture: Waddell Mariculture Center, Hilton Head, SC
Aquaculture Biotechnology: Center of Marine Biotechnology, Baltimore, MD
Finfish Reproduction: Dr. Sullivan's Laboratories, NCSU

TEXT: None. Readings, assigned weekly in class, will be from various textbooks, library reserve materials, and handouts, or they will be available for purchase from a local copy center. Reading assignments are required and should be completed in advance of the correlated field trip.

GRADING POLICIES: Students are required to attend all local field trips and four (4) of the overnight trips. They are expected to write up four (4) field trip reports (50 points each) and there are is a final examination (200 points). Grading will be on a strict percentage basis. No other graded quizzes or homework assignments are given. Unexcused late reports will carry a penalty of 10 percentage points per week. Incomplete grades must be cleared by mid-term of the semester following enrollment.

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