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.

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 (an Internet portal with rich media content to enhance comprehension). 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.

Students learn hands-on skills through the Aquaculture Practicum series. Skills such as water quality testing, system construction and maintenance, species collection methods and treatments, feeding and breeding technology are part of the practicums. Students also work with program partners in the industry in practicums and in the cooperative work experience course. Partners include university and government marine sciences laboratories, fishery management agencies, public aquariums, environmental non-governmental organizations, as well as commercial aquatic businesses. The CCC facility is a 5,000 square ft. state-of-the-art showcase for applied marine science, aquatic hatchery and marine biotechnology work.

Graduates of the program may find employment on private farms and government hatcheries or at public aquariums. They may also start new businesses in fish, shellfish, or aquatic plant farming, aquatic management services, home/office aquarium or water gardening services.

Graduates with the AAS in Aquaculture Technology from CCC can pursue Bachelor’s degrees through 2+2 articulations with UNCW and ECU.

Program Learning Outcomes

P1: Nitrification Cycle
Nitrification and re circulation aquaculture systems: Students will demonstrate knowledge of “nitrification cycle” by performing analysis of nitrification cycle for a re circulation system and present results graphically.

P2: Troubleshooting
Practical troubleshooting and problem solving: Students will demonstrate ability to convert actual aquaculture problems to a series of mathematical calculations and compared with actual values.

P3: Water Quality Analysis
Proficiency in Water Quality Analysis: Students will demonstrate ability to test and analyze water samples. Water quality parameters must be tested using a variety of methods and equipment. Potential uses for and evaluation of the water will be addressed.

Program Contact

David Cerino
Chair, Aquaculture Technology
Howard Building
Phone: (252) 222-6114
Email: cerinod@carteret.edu

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