ATOLL PRO: Introduction to Aquaculture

Get started growing healthy food by learning about aquaculture and aquaponics.
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  • Contents Video: 10 hours
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

This incredible online introduction to aquaculture is "one of a kind" in the educational community. Using multiple, expert instructors, we hope to convince you to get started on your journey in this exciting industry with interesting video lectures and plenty of self-assessments to insure that you are "getting it." Learn why aquaculture and aquaponics are the fastest growing branches of agriculture today.

Donʻt want a new career? Then skip right to the aquaponics section and grow your own organic vegetables using freshwater fish to reduce your growing time and save a ton of water.

Jump in and challenge yourself to complete the entire course and all the quizzes. Several schools (high school/community college/university) have used our ATOLL course for graduation credit.

What are the requirements?

  • You should be interested in providing food-- for your family--or the broader community.
  • Have at least a high school level understanding of basic science concepts and terms
  • English language competency is a must for this course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand why we need aquaculture and why itʻs growing so fast.
  • Explore many, many types of aquaculture
  • Get started with an aquaponic garden at home to grow organic fish and vegetables.
  • Acquire great tips on how to start a commercial business with aquaculture or aquaponics.
  • Become familiar with fish anatomy and physiology.
  • Get excited about the pet fish industry
  • Know the signs that your fish are sick

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone ages 16 or older
  • This course is for anyone interested in seafood, gardening with aquaponics, farming, and sustainability
  • No prior knowledge about aquaculture or aquaponics is needed to complete this course. All scientific terms are fully explained or illustrated and additional resources are provided. You do need to understand basic English language.
  • If you are just looking for a short course to complete in one evening after school or work, this isnʻt the course for you. It will take some time to complete.
  • Fish farm workers and owners will find this information very helpful

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to ATOLL
03:17

Welcome to ATOLL opening lecture. Check out the faculty bios (pdf file) in the resources.

Section 2: Introduction to Fisheries
09:33
These videos provide a foundation for increased aquaculture production by examining the forces that have depleted our oceans of seafood.
09:35
These videos provide a foundation for increased aquaculture production by examining the forces that have depleted our oceans of seafood.
04:22
These videos provide a foundation for increased aquaculture production by examining the forces that have depleted our oceans of seafood.
Finding Fish Pts 1 - 3
5 questions
13:05

How many fish are left in the ocean today? Although a little outdated (2010), this lecture will help you understand the critical value of growing our aquaculture industries by examining the status of U.S. fisheries.

5 questions

 This self-assessment covers the content of the lecture titled "Status of U.S. Fisheries"

Section 3: Overview of Aquaculture and Various Systems
07:03

Water is the key to aquaculture. This lecture gives you a broad understanding of the importance of your water source and how it moves through an aquaculture system.

Overview of Aquaculture Systems
5 questions
02:16

Learn more about various types of Aquaculture. Choose your interest and get excited.

Section 4: Introduction to Aquaculture
10:29

Dr. Benny Ron will help you understand the history of fish farming, and many of the terms you will encounter in the industry. Farming seafood is a great way to help the world eat nutritious proteins.

Introduction to Aquaculture Part 1
5 questions
09:43
Dr. Benny Ron will help you understand the history of fish farming, and many of the terms you will encounter in the industry. Farming seafood is a great way to help the world eat nutritious proteins.
Introduction to Aquaculture Part 2
5 questions
08:55

This section begins a discussion of basic animal husbandry and how humans have an increasing need to farm seafood.

Introduction to Aquaculture Pt 3
5 questions
07:32

In part 4, Dr. Benny Ron will introduce you to some new terms and principles for becoming an expert fish farmer.

10:40

In this lecture, Dr. Ron first begins with a review of the main concepts from previous lectures before introducing you to some of the challenges facing aquaculture.

06:59

Dr. Benny Ron helps you understand some of the challenges of aquaculture today in this lecture.

07:42

Dr. Benny Ron examines the business side of aquaculture and encourages you to think about many questions that farmers must answer.

13:15
Dr. Benny Ron will help you understand the history of fish farming, and many of the terms you will encounter in the industry. Farming seafood is a great way to help the world eat nutritious proteins.
Learn More About Species Used in Aquaculture
02:32
Section 5: The Pet Fish Industry and Coral Farming
09:51

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, Aquatic Veterinarian with SeaGrant Oregon, helps you understand the huge market for pet fish aquaculture.

07:35

This lecture, from Dr. Miller-Morgan shows you where profits originate in the pet fish industry and also introduces you to the lucrative, competitive koi market.

Lecture 22 & 23: Overview of the Pet Fish Industry
5 questions
04:28

This lecture is an amazing overview of what has happened to our ocean reefs and why farming corals is so important.

10:20

Learn about the species that live within our important coral reefs.

11:03

Dr. Shafir takes you on an underwater journey with more amazing information about our living coral reefs.

09:53

Learn a little bit about the anatomy of corals in this interesting video lecture.

09:10
Continuation of the topic.
08:27

This lecture continues the exploration of coral anatomy and physiology.

10:49

Learn the basics of coral farming and see examples of great on shore and off shore coral farms.

Coral Aquaculture
5 questions
Section 6: Understanding Fish
10:44

Get started on a healthy environment for your fish with this great introduction to water chemistry.

10:21

Water chemistry is critical to your fish. This lecture describes additional concepts that you need to understand in order to keep your fish healthy.

06:04

Understanding oxygen, pH and the nitrogen cycle will help your fish stay healthy.

Water Chemistry Pt 1-3
5 questions
07:24

Understanding some very basic fish anatomy will be helpful to feeding and caring for many different species of fish.

09:38

Continuation. Understanding some very basic fish anatomy will be helpful to feeding and caring for many different species of fish.

13:24

Continuation. Understanding some very basic fish anatomy will be helpful to feeding and caring for many different species of fish.

10:00

Understanding how fish process oxygen, salt and water is essential to a fish farmer.

12:25

What stresses your fish? Find out in this interesting lecture from Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan. Also see the nice public resource video he has on an external site to show you how to handle your fish to minimize stress.

5 questions

This quiz checks the content of the ATOLL video lecture titled "Fish Form & Function Part 2" by Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan.

09:52

Every fish farmer needs to understand how diseases enter their farm to protect their fish and their profits.

14:56

Continuation. Every fish farmer needs to understand how diseases enter their farm to protect their fish and their profits. Also check out the resources for this lecture to help you know how to sedate a fish, should that be necessary.

Biosecurity & Fish Health Management Pts 1 - 2
5 questions
Section 7: Aquaponics: Introduction
08:31

Olomana Gardens, a permaculture farm in Waimanalo, Hawaii, serves as a living laboratory for this informative lecture on aquaponics from Glenn Martinez.

07:54

Continuation. Olomana Gardens, a permaculture farm in Waimanalo, Hawaii, serves as a living laboratory for this informative lecture on aquaponics from Glenn Martinez.

08:19

Continuation. Olomana Gardens, a permaculture farm in Waimanalo, Hawaii, serves as a living laboratory for this informative lecture on aquaponics from Glenn Martinez.

14:01

Water chemistry and careful monitoring can be critical to your aquaponic garden.

Section 8: Aquaponic Systems
10:53

Explore aquaponics using a rubber tray.

13:13
Continued. Explore aquaponics using a rubber tray.
05:12

Continued. Explore aquaponics using a rubber tray.

Trayponics Pts 1 - 3
5 questions
15:29

Learn how to use "floating beds" to grow leafy vegetables in aquaponic gardens.

03:01

Check out this great design for a small/medium sized aquaponic system in a backyard area.

07:43

This is a look at a unique, patented, semi-portable aquaponic system (thus "Aquaport")-- that fits in small spaces. Contact Glenn Martinez for more information and check out the free pdf assembly manual in the Resources for this lecture.

07:47

Using commercial aquariums is another easy option for aquaponics.

08:10

Continued. Using commercial aquariums is another easy option for aquaponics.

09:47

Larger aquaponic systems can be built using commercial barrels.

07:41

Continued. Larger aquaponic systems can be built using commercial barrels.

09:02

Continued. Larger aquaponic systems can be built using commercial barrels.

08:33

Continued. Larger aquaponic systems can be built using commercial barrels.

08:39

Continued. Larger aquaponic systems can be built using commercial barrels.

300 Gallon System- Aquarium System- Barrel Ponics
4 questions
06:29

Growing root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, taro) requires a deep trough aquaponic system.

07:38
Growing root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, taro) requires a deep trough aquaponic system.
Deep Trough Growbeds Pt 1 - 2
4 questions
Section 9: Aquaponics: Worms are Magical
11:00

Learn how worms and worm tea-- help keep your aquaponic system healthy and speed up vegetable growth.

5 questions

What did you learn in the video about worms in aquaponics?

08:13

This video highlights a large-scale (55 gallon) worm tea maker to fertilize large gardens and aquaponic systems.

Section 10: Learn More: Aquaponics
02:49

Aquaponics is a popular topic and there are some quality resources on the internet available free to the public. This brief lecture will introduce you to a few of these resources we think will be valuable to your course experience, and tell you why we are including them.

Section 11: Business Basics for Fish Farmers
10:12

Kelly Davidson carefully walks you through the information that you will need before starting a farm business. Also check out the extra great public video resource from Maine Agriculture Extension services.

11:20

Continuation of business basics for fish farmers.

13:01

Understanding marketing will improve your fish farm profits.

Business and Marketing Basics for Fish Farmers
6 questions
10:56

This video is from a conference, funded by our parent company. It will be very helpful to anyone who is thinking about starting an aquaponic business.

11:32
This video is from a conference, funded by our parent company. It will be very helpful to anyone who is thinking about starting an aquaponic business.
09:02
This video is from a conference, funded by our parent company. It will be very helpful to anyone who is thinking about starting an aquaponic business.
09:39

This video is from a conference, funded by our parent company. It will be very helpful to anyone who is thinking about starting an aquaponic business.

08:32

This video is from a conference, funded by our parent company. It will be very helpful to anyone who is thinking about starting an aquaponic business.

Business Economics of Commercial Aquaponics Pts 1 - 5
5 questions
Section 12: I finished. What now?
Next Steps
2 pages

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Instructor Biography

Barbara Payne McLain, Educational Director

This course will be monitored by Dr. Barbara Payne McLain, a professor and distance learning consultant at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, who serves as the Educational Director for our parent organization, Aquaculturehub, a non-profit located in Austin, Texas. Also supervising this course will be Dr. Tetsuzan Benny Ron, the founder and President of Aquaculturehub, who is currently teaching Marine Science and Aquaculture at the Ruppin Academic College in Israel. The course features content created by our team of outstanding, expert instructors, who volunteered for this project to provide the highest quality content on the subject, and help people all over the world grow quality food.

Instructor Biography

Tetsuzan Benny Ron, Aquaculture Specialist and Environmental Physiologist

Aquaculture Specialist with 40 years experience in the agriculture and aquaculture fields and over 25 years as an aquaculture scientist. Experienced Aquaculture Extention, Education and Training Specialist at the Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and Aquaculture Coordinator at University of Hawai'i. Former Department Head of Fish Physiology and Genetics at the National Center for Mariculture, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan, Aquatic Veternarian

Dr. Miller-Morgan has 30 years of experience in aquatic animal medicine and husbandry. The last 16 years have been primarily focused on fish and aquatic invertebrates. He is currently an aquatic veterinarian working in Newport, Oregon, USA. He is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), a major marine research institution associated with Oregon State University. He serves as a clinical veterinarian for aquatic animals at Oregon State University and for fish and invertebrates at the adjacent Oregon Coast Aquarium. He is also an extension veterinarian with Oregon Sea Grant Extension. In this capacity he provides outreach, education and clinical services to the ornamental fish industry. Dr. Miller-Morgan is also an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Aquatics Section Head at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Here he teaches courses in fish medicine and health management and coordinates the aquatic health services at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He is also the co-creator and an instructor with the Aquarium Science Program at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. This unique program trains husbandry professionals for work in public aquaria, research laboratories, aquaculture facilities and the ornamental fish industry.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Allen C. Riggs, Aquatic Veternarian

Allen Riggs formerly served as the aquatic species veterinarian for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee – Regional Aquaculture Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture.

Prior to coming to Hawaii in 2005, Dr. Riggs was involved in providing extension services through the University of Florida to the Florida aquaculture industry and served as Staff Veterinarian in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He also served as the Veterinary Consultant and Aquarist at the Key West Aquarium. Dr. Riggs is an avid scuba diver and holds a Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Paul Bienfang, Oceanography and Marine Biology

Dr. Paul Bienfang was formerly a member of the research faculty for the Oceanography Department at the University of Hawaii. His research laboratory is part of the Pacific Center for Research in Marine Biomedicine, one of four U. S. centers for oceans and human health. Dr. Bienfang is an alumnus of the UH Oceanography Department, a former Sr. Vice President of a marine bio-tech company in aquaculture, and a former Sr. Vice President of a private oceanographic and aquaculture research institution. His research specialties include ciguatera fish poisoning, environmental water quality and phytoplankton ecology issues with emphasis on warm water phytoplankton dynamics and continuous culture methodologies.

Instructor Biography

Kelly Davidson, Aquaculture and Agriculture Marketing

Kelly Davidson is a faculty member in the Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources at the University of Tennessee at Martin. A lecturer of agricultural business, some of her courses include Farm and Ranch Management, Natural Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Marketing, and Agricultural Management. Prior to teaching at UT Martin, Ms. Davidson served as a Fisheries Economics Specialist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Her research concentrated on the economics of seafood markets, specifically consumer preferences for aquaculture products. Ms. Davidson graduated with a Master's of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky. She has very strong ties to farming, having grown up on a grain and cattle farm, and she is excited about opportunities on the horizon for the aquaculture industry.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Shai Shafir, Marine Biologist

Shai Shafir is a marine biologist and specialist in coral reef restoration. He received the PhD degree from the Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. His thesis investigated the agricultural and biological farming of corals using inland facilities. Dr. Shafir developed novel systems and has successful propagated thousands of corals in mariculture nurseries and inland tanks. He is the research development manager of Red Sea Corals, Ltd. He is an active professor and consultant for public aquariums throughout the world. Dr. Shafir is currently serving as a lecturer for the School of Education at Oranim Academic College.

Instructor Biography

Glenn Martinez, A "Solutionist" that has the answers to today's questions.

Owns and operates Olomana Gardens, of Waikupanaha Street, Waimanalo, Aquaponics is our game. Permaculture is our style. Student of Murray Hallam, Tim Mann (to my regret), Dr. Rakocy, Dr. Leonard Wilson, Will Allen, Nelson&Pade and many others. With eight years of experience, Glenn has traveled and taught in the Philippines, China, American Samoa, Rota Students have travels and learned at Olomana Gardens from 2 weeks to a year internship. You can see videos www.olomanagardens.com. Instructor in the acclaimed ATOLL University of Hawaii .. Aquaponics Training On Line Learning.

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