HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN AQUACULTURE AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

NVQ Level 5 & 6

Introduction

Aquaculture is defined as the production of aquatic plants and animals for human consumption. Under the pressure of the increasing world population on the one side and the stagnating or even declining fishery landings on the other side, aquaculture is considered as the only option to respond to the growing demand for healthy and sustainable seafood. Therefore, aquaculture expanded from an artisanal, extensive mode of production of aquatic organisms to a rapidly evolving bio-industry. The commercial aquaculture is a relatively young, diverse and dynamic industry with growth figures exceeding any other traditional primary production sector.

Asia contributes over 90% of global aquaculture production and plays a key role in the development of aquatic culture systems and technologies. Further development of aquaculture is also expected to help us move away from dependence on overexploited capture fisheries resources and to enhance and conserve aquatic habitats and biodiversity, but this expansion should not exceed the carrying capacity of water resources. Especially developing countries like Sri Lanka have a high potential for a fast development of aquaculture, which enables us to support food-protein requirements and to gain foreign currency by exporting high priced seafood and ornamental fish species. Wild aquatic resources are essential sources of nutrition for rural populations. Any degradation of these resources from over-fishing, use of illegal fishing gears, the introduction of exotic fish, misuse of chemicals, agro-industrial waste discharge, deforestation, breeding ground degradation and dam construction that can lead to blocking of migratory pathways will have dramatic impacts on the nutritional and health status of rural people.

Modern aquaculture is a strongly research-driven bio-industry requiring constant innovation and highly skilled entrepreneurs. On the other hand, it is also a very diverse discipline with a wide range of involved species (fish, aquatic plants, molluscans, crustaceans,), climates, environments (freshwater, brackish water, and marine), and exploitation modes (developing versus developed economies; subsistence versus business aquaculture). It is accepted that the lack of well-trained specialists may be the bottleneck for further expansion of aquaculture.

The Higher National Diploma in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, established at University College of Anuradhapura in 2014 is a three and half years program oriented towards the skills required by the industry at middle management levels in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management. This is a constantly actualized program that balances a broad multidisciplinary approach with an in-depth research and field based industry oriented training. It prepares its students for fulfilling leading roles in middle management levels in aquaculture businesses.

GCE (A/L) Science (Bio), Bio Science Technology, Arts with Credit Pass for Soft Technology (Bio Resource Technology)

OR

NVQ Level 04 certificate of Aquaculture Technician (B05S004)

  • Full Time – 3 ½ Years
  • Foundation (Bridging) Program         – 6 months
  • NVQ Level 5 (Semester I and II)      – 1 year
  • On the Job Training (OJT) I    – 6 months
  • NVQ Level 6 (Semester I and II)      – 1 Year
  • On the Job Training (OJT) II  – 6 months

AARM Graduates could find excellent opportunities for employment in private and government sector, focusing towards sustainable development.

  • Assistant Aquaculturist
  • Lab Assistant
  • Quality Control Officer
  • Fish Technician
  • Biologist
  • Production Supervisor
  • Assistant Quality Executive
  • Assistant Lab Manager
  • Production Executive
  • Mr. BDM Mihiran – HOD
  • Mrs. DMA Edirisinghe – Lecturer
  • Mr. HMSM Wijerathna – Lecturer (Prob)
  • Ms. KLG Rumeshani – Demonstrator
  • Mr. MBM Sakeer – Lab Assistant

Conserve Water, Conserve Life.

Save water, and it will save you.

Course Modules in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 3
  • Semester 4

B05T002M01

Principles of Aquaculture

B05T002M02

Language Skills

B05T002M03

Basic Chemistry for Aquaculture

B05T002M04

Basic Bio Statistics

B05T002M05

Aquaculture Extension

B05T002M06

Fish and Crustacean Biology

B05T002M07

Occupational Health and Safety Procedures and Practices

B05T002M08

Design Aquaculture Systems

B05T002M09

Introduction to Culturable Aquatic Species

B05T002M10

Information Technology for Aquaculture

B05T002M11

Water Quality Management

EMTM01

Work Place Information Management

B05T002M12

Hatchery Operation

B05T002M13

Nurseries & Grow-out Farming

B05T002M14

Marine Fin/Shellfish Culture

B05T002M15

Freshwater Fish and Prawn Culture

B05T002M16

Seaweed and Aquatic Plant Culture

B05T002M17

Disease Management

B05T002M18

Harvesting Technology

B05T002M19

Principles, Operation & Maintenance of Aquaculture Machinery and Equipment

EMTM02

Workplace Communication Management

EMTM03

Planning and Scheduling Work at Work Place

B05T002M20

Ornamental Fish and Plant Culture

B05T002M21

Invertebrate Culture

B05T002M22

Live Feed Culture

B05T002M23

Fish Genetics

B05T002M24

Induced Breeding

B05T002M25

Nutrition

B05T002M26

Post-harvesting and Processing Technology

B05T002M27

Pond Engineering

B05T002M28

Aquaculture Economics

B05T002M29

Scientific Writing

EMTM04

Problem Solving and Decision Making

B05T002M30

Formulation & Preparation Fish Feeds

B05T002M31

Aquatic Pathology and Microbiology

B05T002M32

Integrated Farming Systems

B05T002M33

Advanced Technology Used in Aquaculture

B05T002M34

Fish Biodiversity and Conservation

B05T002M35

Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development

B05T002M36

Final Project

B05T002M37

Mediatory Role of Extension

EMTM05

Team Work and Leadership

EMTM06

Creating and Maintaining a Learning Culture at Workplace

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Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management

Mr. B.D.M.Mihiran

Prob. Lecturer (Aquaculture & Aquatic Resources Mgt.)

H.M.S.M-Wijerathna

Mr. H.M.Sarath Mahinda wijerathna

Prob. Lecturer

Ms. D.M.A. Edirisinghe

Lecturer

Ms. K.L.G. Rumeshani

Demonstrator

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