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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture

UMaine’s new, 12-credit sustainable aquaculture certificate prepares students to become competent  in a wide range of aquaculture fields, such as husbandry, recirculating and hatchery systems, and aquatic animal health. Through this program’s experiential curriculum and industry internship, students develop the technical skills to work in diverse professional environments. The internship provides 12 weeks of experience at a range of industry sites throughout the state and significantly expands career opportunities. The certificate program, coordinated by the Aquaculture Research Institute, will use the University of Maine System’s extensive aquaculture resources and educational expertise to create hands-on learning experiences.

The aquaculture certificate program will be open to all applicants with at least a high school degree. This low-cost program was designed to address aquaculture industry workforce and extension needs in Maine by facilitating alternative career opportunities.

Program Requirements

The Sustainable Aquaculture certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits.

Required Courses (5 credits):
Summer Industry Internship (3 credit)
Aquatic Animal Husbandry (2 credit)

Electives (7 credits):
Aquatic Animal Health (2 credits)
Aquaculture Systems (3 credits)
Applied Methods in Shellfish Farming (2 credits)
Cooperative Extension Seafood HACCP training (1 credit)

For more information, please contact M. Scarlett Tudor at mary.tudor@maine.edu

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Course Descriptions

Aquaculture Systems: This is a hands-on experiential learning wet-lab course introducing the application of engineering principles and practices to the commercial culture of marine and freshwater plants and animals. This course will be held at the Aquatic Animal Health Lab, Orono ME and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin, ME.

Applied Methods in Shellfish Farming: This is a hands-on experiential learning wet-lab course introducing the principles and practices of shellfish farming. This course will be held at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, in Walpole ME.

Aquatic Animal Health: This is a hands-on experiential learning lab course that will introduce aquatic animal health assessments and diagnostics, risk management, and policies and guidelines. This course will be held at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory in Orono, ME. This is a unique high level biosecurity research facility that contains aquatic animal systems.

Aquatic Animal Husbandry: This is a hands-on experiential learning lab course that will introduce the basics of aquatic animal husbandry with an emphasis on species important to Maine’s aquaculture industry. This course will include exposure to the use and maintenance of a diversity of aquaculture systems, husbandry needs across life stages, aquatic animal nutrition, and many other topics. This course will be held at the Aquaculture Research Center and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory in Orono, ME

For more information, please contact M. Scarlett Tudor at mary.tudor@maine.edu

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