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Engineering and Handling in Aquaculture

Code: MA312     Acronym: EMA

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Applied Biology

Instance: 2018/2019 - 2T (of 19-11-2018 to 18-01-2019) Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Web Page: https://moodle.up.pt/course/view.php?id=1879
Responsible unit: Aquatic Production
Course/CS Responsible: First Cycle Degree (BSc) in Aquatic Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCMA 35 Oficial Plan 2018 3 - 5 49 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
José Fernando Magalhães Gonçalves

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 3,00
Laboratory Practice: 4,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 3,00
José Fernando Magalhães Gonçalves 2,85
Rosália Maria Pereira de Oliveira e Sá 0,14
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 8,00
Rosália Maria Pereira de Oliveira e Sá 0,42
José Fernando Magalhães Gonçalves 7,57

Teaching language



Currently, culture of aquatic organisms for direct consumption, stock enhancement, or other purposes is the fastest growing and diversified sector of livestock production. The purpose of this course is to develop in students a capacity to design, produce, evaluate, sustain, use and manage commonly used culture systems and to become familiar with the handling alternatives that are essential requirements in the profitability of these investments. Emphasis is placed in responsible selection and safe use of materials, equipment and techniques of fish handling and students will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on activities associated with the practical aspects of aquaculture. Trips to industries and government organizations will expose students to different culturing techniques.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students will be able to: use interdisciplinary information to understand the necessary balance between human activities and the environment over time; know the constructive processes in aquaculture, their fields of application and their limitations; describe basic culture methodologies, common problems and solutions of commercially important species;  demonstrate competence with the most relevant forms of aquaculture management; recognize conditioning factors and how they can be manipulated; know how to develop technologies and / or strategies before and after, capture and handling to ensure the highest quality in aquaculture products; know how to select the most appropriate form and / or equipment to perform each task while maintaining the code of good practice and the basic rules of hygiene, sanitation and safety.

Working method



1 - Aquaculture: State of the art and future trends 
2 - Methods in the design of a fish farm
3 - Handling and inventory methodologies for aquatic animals (manual and automatic vaccination, blood and tissue collection, tagging (CWT, VIE, VIA, PIT), imaging techniques and surgical implants and sutures, semen criopreservation and egg collection and fertilization)
4 - Aquarium techniques and professional applications
5 - Salmonids aquaculture 
6 - Aquaculture project formulation and steps in the design and construction of fish farms
7 - Tank technology and water management 
8 - Cage aquaculture 
9 - Handling and animal welfare 
10 - Harvesting techniques 
11 - Fish and shellfish counting sizing and weighing 
12 - Fish lifting and pumping 
13 - Grading 
14 - Live fish transport 
15 - Fish sedation, anesthesia, analgesia and euthanasia 
16 – Biosecurity in aquaculture



Mandatory literature

Lekang Odd-Ivar; Aquaculture engineering. ISBN: 978-0-470-67085-9
Tidwell James H. 340; Aquaculture production systems. ISBN: 978-0-8138-0126-1
Lucas John S. 340; Aquaculture. ISBN: 978-1-4051-8858-6
Parker Rick; Aquaculture science. ISBN: 978-1-4354-8808-3
Lawson Thomas B.; Fundamentals of aquacultural engineering. ISBN: 0-412-06511-8
Wheaton Frederick W.; Aquacultural engineering. ISBN: 0-471-93755-X
Beveridge Malcolm C. M.; Cage aquaculture. ISBN: 1-4051-0842-8

Complementary Bibliography

P. R. Escobal; Aquatic Systems Engineering: devices and how they function, Dimension Engineering Press , 2000. ISBN: 978-1-4051-0842-3
Pavlidis Michalis 340; Sparidae. ISBN: 978-1-4051-9772-4

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical lessons: Approach of themes will be covered in lectures supported by audiovisual media (video projection and slides) and a classroom whiteboard. Some lessons are previously recorded on a web platform (e-learning). Specific topics may be supplemented with guest speakers.

Theoretical-practical lessons: Solving of design, planning and management problems. Discussion of scientific articles relevant to the lecture theme. 

Practical lessons: Focus on experimental work in ICBAS laboratories with execution of handling protocols and basic techniques in aquatic organisms. Visits to commercial fish farms and public institutions to provide field-based training in production aquaculture.

Note: Additional support outside the classroom, using the SIGARRA and MOODLE platform from University of Porto, providing static or dynamic information, for self-study and self-assessment.


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Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 10,00
Exame 60,00
Participação presencial 5,00
Trabalho laboratorial 5,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de projeto 25,00
Estudo autónomo 61,00
Frequência das aulas 49,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

With 3/4 attendance in all classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

A - Final exam: 60%; B - Creative homework (seminar/project): 20%; C - Oral presentation of the creative homework: 10%; D - Lab work: 5%; E - Attendance: 5%

Final score: A x 0.60 + B x 0.20 + C x 0.10 + D x 0.05 + E x 0.05. Minimum score to be achieved in the examination: 8.0 This criterion applies both to the normal and make-up exams.

Note: Exam (covers all themes lectures from the first to last class: combination of multiple choice, true or false, short answer and short-essay questions covering the all course and is closed-book, closed-notes). Failure to perform the creative homework imply the assignment of zero values to these elements of evaluation.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Management games (Productivity and profit). State-of-the-art manuscripts about aquaculture innovative equipment and/or technics are sometimes held.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Special tests required, for example, by the students union officers or students with disabilities, can be of different types, according to a model/type to be determined by the course coordinator.

Classification improvement

Execution of a new final exam, keeping the grades of the remaining components.

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