Master Aquaculture

Marine Ornamental Aquaculture Course

Scope and Objectives
This course intends to train a new professional profile in the ornamental aquaculture sector. Graduates will be able to design and manage a marine ornamental facility, and will acquire comprehensive knowledge of the organisms, laws and regulations related to the marine ornamental trade. Great attention will be given to the acquisition of up-to-date methodologies for the breeding and rearing of marine and for system and tank design.
After successful completion of the program, the participants will have the expertise to work for ornamental breeders, exporters-importers, public aquaria as well as to conduct field activities. In addition to lectures, students will receive practical training for a period of 450 hrs, in the facilities provided by associated companies and universities. This will allow them to put the theoretical information received during he course into practice. In addition, they will have the opportunity (not compulsory) to spend a week on an Indonesian reef to receive training on sampling and on laboratory techniques related to fieldwork.
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The program will have its base at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy. Some practical classes can be performed on the Indonesian reef, at the “Coral Eye Resort”. Coral Eye is located on Bangka Island. Bangka is very well known for its idyllic beaches and famous dive spots that attract scuba divers from all over the world. The Center is well equipped for field and laboratory activities and it offers access to the following facilities: 
- Dry lab:  a big open space equipped with basic laboratory instrumentation
- Wet lab: an area connected to the dry lab and directly facing the sea, equipped with tanks of various size and a flow-through seawater system to refill them.
- Reef lab: an underwater area situated on the coral reef in front of the center, easily accessible from the pier.

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The participants will have to pre-register by November 7th, 2016 (click on the registration link for details). The selected candidates will have to register and pay the course fee between December 1st-12nd.  The Classes will take place in the first part of the year (January-May 2017). Practical training will be conducted from May to September. The students will take their final exam in October.
In order to register to the course, the candidates must have obtained a bachelor degree (3 year course) in Biology, Veterinary medicine, Aquaculture, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Zootechnic productions or equivalent. Candidates will be admitted to the course after evaluation of their credentials and, if necessary, after a short interview. Students planning to complete their Bachelor’s by February 2017 may be provisionally admitted.  
Main educational courses:
Marine ornamentals trade 
Reproductive biology and aquatic biotechnology applicable to fish 
Breeding and reproductive biology of Syngnathids 
Water chemistry and hatchery design 
Brood stock, larval and fish nutrition 
Coral culture and nutrition 
Production of live food 
Algae and aquatic plant physiology 
Infectious and parasitic diseases of ornamental fish and invertebrates  
Laws and rules for the ornamental trade 
Possibility to spend a period on the Indonesian coral reef.
Employment perspectives
Ornamental Breeding companies 
Import/export companies
Public aquaria 
Research Institutions
Reef management agencies
Coral farms 
Aquarium shops
Environmental agencies
Aquaculture companies
Professors and associated companies
A panel of international scientists and companies has beed developed in order to give the students the opportunity to meet and collaborate with the best experts in the field of Ornamental aquaculture. Experts from Australia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Taiwan,  Italy, Spain and Germany are involved in this project.
Scientific committee
Ike Olivotto, Coordinator, DiSVA, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Mario Giordano, President of the course board, DiSVA, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Oliana Carnevali, Scientific Advisor, DiSVA, Università Politecnica delle Marche
For information:
Ike Olivotto:+39-0712204643
Didactic unit
Tel (+39) 071.220.4512 -4429
Fax (+39) 071.220.4513