Department of Aquaculture

Department of Aquaculture

The Department of Aquaculture is the prime department of College of Fisheries imparting knowledge of various subjects in B.F.Sc. degree programme and has M.F.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programme in two disciplines viz. Aquaculture and Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology. This department aims at developing the manpower required for the ever growing aquaculture industry. The scientists from this department are actively engaged in finding scientific methods to produce better fish and shellfish varieties, improved fish feeds and aquaculture techniques that could be easily adopted by the fish farmers. The “lab to land” programmes are implemented with vigor and enthusiasm by the students of this department through the hands on training and experiential learning programme.

Courses for B.F.Sc. degree programme ( IV Dean Syllabus )

Sr.No. Course Code Sem No. Department and Courses Credits
1 AQ CUL 111 I Principles of Aquaculture 1+1 2
2 AQ CUL 122 II Freshwater Aquaculture 2+1 3
3 AQ CUL 213 III Fish Nutrition and Feed technology 2+1 3
4 AQ CUL 214 III Culture of Fish Food Organism 1+1 2
5 AQ CUL 225 IV Ornamental Fish Production and Management 1+1 2
6 AQ CUL 226 IV Coastal Aquaculture and Mariculture 2+1 3
7 AQ CUL 317 V Finfish Breeding and Hatchery Management 2+1 3
8 AQ CUL 318 V Shellfish Breeding and Hatchery Management 2+1 3
9 AQ CUL 319 V Diseases and management 2+2 4
10 AQ CUL 321 VI Biotechnology and Bio-informatics 1+1 2
11 AQ CUL 322 VI Genetics and Breeding 1+1 2

Courses for B.F.Sc. degree programme (IV Dean Syllabus)

Sr.No. Semester Course No. Course Credits
1 I AQC 111 Principles of Aquaculture 1+1 2
2 I AQC 112 Fundamentals of Biochemistry 2+1 3
3 II AQC 124 Fish Nutrition and Feed Technology 2+1 3
4 II AQC 124 Fish Nutrition and Feed technology 2+1 3
5 III AQC 235 Fish Food Organism 1+1 2
6 III AQC 236 Ornamental Fish Production And Management 1+1 2
7 IV AQC 247 Coastal Aquaculture and Mariculture 2+1 3
8 IV AQC 248 Aquaculture In Reservoir 1+1 2
9 IV AQC 249 Genetics and Breeding 1+1 2
10 IV AQC 2410 Introduction to Biotechnology And Bioinformatics 1+1 2
11 V AQC 3511 Finfish Hatchery Management 2+1 3
12 VI AQC 3612 Shellfish Hatchery Management 1+1 2

The revised syllabus recommended by V Dean Committee has been implemented from the academic year 2017-2018 for B.F.Sc. degree. The courses suggested under the department of Aquatic Health Management are also included under the department of Aquaculture.

Aquatic Animal Health Management : 6+5 11
III AHM 232 Fish and shellfish Pathology 1+1 2
III AHM 233 Pharmacology 2+1 3
IV AHM 244 Fish and Shellfish health Management 1+1 2
V AHM 355 Therapeutics in aquaculture 1+1 2
V AHM 356 Fish Immunology 1+1 2

Students READY / In Plant Training / Experiential Learning Program (ELP) VII Semester :


Sr. No. Name of the module
1 Aquafarming 1.Structure of the module Preparation of Project Plan
World trade, domestic trade, export potential, project formulation, Finance mobilization, Business management
Book keeping, resource management
Suitable Varieties of Fish / Prawn
Studies on traits of different varieties of cultivable fish and shellfish, collection and identification of indigenous & exotic, species, types of farming.
Soil and water quality management
Estimation of various soil & water quality parameters for sustainable culture
Farm Design and Construction
Site selection, Design and construction of ponds, reservoir and Effluent treatment system.
Pond Preparation
Eradication of predator and weed fishes, eradication of aquatic weeds, pond sterilization, sun drying, ploughing, leveling and liming / gypsum treatment of pond bottom, water filling, fertilization.
Seed Stocking
Tests for selection of good quality seed, source & transport of seed, stocking time and density, size of stocking, acclimatization, estimation of survival rate (using survival nets)
Pond management
Stock manipulation and management, production & maintenance of natural food, supplementary feeding-common feeds used, feeding schedule, trouble indicators-health management and, chemicals, antibiotics and probiotics used.. Use of aerators, sampling for estimation of feed requirement, growth and health condition.
Harvesting and marketing
Days of culture, time of harvest, methods followed, precautions considered to maintain quality of product, Methods of packing and transport, market outlets, International quality standards for farmed
products, cost- benefit analysis.
Report Preparation
Preparation of final report
Oral Examination Presentation, Viva-voce
2.Credits offered/distributed among other departments Aquaculture : 0+11
Fishery Engineering: 0+1
Fisheries Resource economics, statistics and extension education: 0+4
Fishery Hydrography: 0+1
Fishery Biology: 0+1
Report preparation : 0+1Viva-voce:0+1
3.Details of activities carried out in the module As per the structure of the module the students have worked in campus for gaining the experience in the field of Carp seed production, Carp nursery rearing, Carp culture, shrimp culture, ornamental fish breeding and rearing. The students were distributed to five different locations, viz. Wet laboratory of College of Fisheries, Ratnagiri; Marine Biological Research Station, Ratnagiri; Kharland Research Station, Panvel; Taraporewala Marine Biological Research Station, Panvel and Agricultural Research Station, Mulde-Kudal, Dist.Sindhudurg.

Students READY/Industrial Work Experience Program (ELP) VIII Semester:

Sr. No. Name of the module
1 Aquafarming Structure of the module Orientation and survey of the aqua farming unit
Pre-stocking management - repairs and renovation work, biosecurity measures.
Pre-stocking management – pond bottom drying, fabrication of nets, cages etc.
Pre-stocking management –liming, manuring
Stocking management, seed acclimation, seed quality assessment, seed stocking, assessment of seed survival.
Water quality managementSampling, health assessment, feed management
2.Credits offered 20=0+20
3.Details of activities carried out in the module The students were placed to the industries located in the districts of Sindhdurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane areas for gaining the first-hand experience in aquafarming. The students were mainly involved in brackish-water shrimp farming, Reservoir cage culture, carp seed production and culture etc. The general outline of the work schedule performed by the students was as follows:
Orientation and placement
Sun drying
Eradication of predatory and weed fishes
Eradication of aquatic weeds
Pond sterilization
Ploughing, leveling
Liming / gypsum treatment of pond bottom
Water filling
Seed Stocking
Tests for selection of good quality seed
Source and transportation of seed stocking time and density
Size of stocking, acclimatization
Estimation of survival rate (using survival nets)
Pond management
Stock manipulation and management
Production and maintenance of natural food
Supplementary feeding-common feeds used, feeding schedule
Trouble indicators-health management
Chemicals and probiotics applictions.
Use of aerators
Sampling for estimation of feed requirement
Growth and health condition
Harvesting and marketing
Days of culture, time of harvest, methods followed
Precautions considered to maintain quality of product
Methods of packing and transport, market outlets,
International quality standards for farmed products,
Cost- benefit analysis.

The Department has different sections of laboratories dealing with specialization for the research work of post graduate students of faculty :

Name & Number Area Nature of Practical’s conducted
Laboratories Wet laboratory 442.36 m2 Practicals such as brood stock management, identification of sex, setting up of breeding tanks, breeding and egg incubation, larval rearing, rearing of ornamental fishes, fabrication and repair of all-glass tanks, setting up of aquarium, production of live food organisms (infusoria, algae, cladocerans, Artemia, tubifex worms, chirnomid larvae), are undertaken.
Algal culture laboratory Culture of marine phytoplanktons such as Isochrysis, Nannochloropsis is carried out.
Disease diagnostics laboratory Practicals on DNA and RNA isolation, quantification of nucleic acids, PCR technique for diagnosis of important diseases of finfishes and shellfishes, gel electrophoresis of nucleic acids, PAGE analysis of proteins, Western Blotting, practicals on bioinformatics analysis, basic practicals on bacteriology re undertaken
Feed analysis laboratory Proximate composition of feed ingredients and feeds is done.
Instructional Farm
No. of Ponds 3 5000m2 Pre-stocking, stocking and post-stocking management of nursery and rearing pond is undertaken in one pond.
Production capacity Hatchery complex And it’s components
Production capacity
List of Equipment / Instruments/Implements etc. available in Labs/ Farms/ hatcheries/ Workshop Muffle Furnance, Air blower, Mixer, Black FRP cylinder conical Artemia cyst hatching jars, FRP flat bottom oval tanks having 1000 lit, FRP flat bottom circular tanks, Analytical Balance, Digital built in camera Microscope, Refractometer, Electrocautery apparatus, Pulverizer cum hammer mill, Digital microscope, Minispin, Mixmate, Air Sterilizer, PCR Machine, Fibre plus, DO/pH Meter PD 300, Vertical gel electrophoresis, Spectrophotometer, Dissection Microscope, Monocular Microscope, Paddle wheel aerator, Automatic solvent Extraction system, Wax bath, Digital weighing Balance, all-glass tanks, canister filter.

Nutrition Lab :

This laboratory is dedicated for preparation and analysis of various types of feeds prepared by under-graduate students. It contains facilities for estimation of protein with digestion and distillation facility, lipid, fibre and ash.

Disease Diagnostics Laboratory :

The section has modern equipment viz. PCR, vertical and horizontal gel electrophoresis, gel documentation, mix mate etc. required for diagnosis of various diseases.

Wet laboratory :

The practical training of breeding of ornamental fishes, culture of live feed organism, seed production of fin and shellfishes is carried out for B.F.Sc. students. The research experiments of post graduate students are carried out in this laboratory.