Aquaculture Technology

Aquaculture is defined simply as the farming and husbandry of aquatic organisms. In practice aquaculture or mariculture (saltwater aquaculture) involves commercially growing seafood for consumers. It also involves the sciences of natural resource management and enhancement, collection methods, aquarium technology, facility construction and maintenance, and biotechnology production from marine organisms.

Aquaculture Technology University Transfer Degree

Carteret Community College offers the Aquaculture Technology program and emphasizes applied marine sciences and mariculture. Lecture courses are offered in the traditional classroom or as online courses, which use the Blackboard. The focus of the program is on salt-water species like oysters, clams, soft-shell crabs, and marine finfish like flounder, drum and bait minnows but some freshwater aquaculture species are also covered.

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Aquaculture Technology Work or Business Option Degree

Carteret Community College offers the Aquaculture Technology program and emphasizes applied marine sciences and mariculture. Lecture courses are offered in the traditional classroom or as online courses, which use the Blackboard. The focus of the program is on salt-water species like oysters, clams, soft-shell crabs, and marine fin fish like flounder, drum and bait minnows but some freshwater aquaculture species are also covered.

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Aquaculture Technology Diploma

A full-time, one-year program that includes the courses in the certificate program plus additional course work in hatchery management and fish/shellfish propagation, design and construction of aquaculture facilities, an additional semester of practical applications and a summer internship at an aquaculture facility.

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Aquaculture Technology Certificate

A part-time program that consists of 13 to 14 semester hours of introductory courses in fish and shellfish aquaculture and aquarium/water garden management, one semester of hands-on practical applications, and a course in establishing, financing, and operating a small business.

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