Marine finfish seed production and growout training course, July 2018, Thailand

[Please note the revised dates - Ed.]

The 9th Regional Training Course on Marine Finfish Seed production and Grow-out will be held from 2 - 20 July 2018 in Krabi, Thailand. The course will be taught by staff of the Krabi Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre. The training course will be conducted in English.

Marine finfish aquaculture has been significantly contributing to fish production and the economies of coastal communities in Asia. During the past few decades, substantial advances have been made in science and technology on marine finfish aquaculture and the region has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise.

Drawing on expertise throughout the region and supported by experienced field experts in collaborating centres, this three-week hands-on training course will provide participants with skills in marine finfish seed production and grow-out operations, with an emphasis on tropical groupers and Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer).

Who should apply?

Professionals who are interested in: 

  • Upgrading knowledge in marine finfish production.
  • Enhancing skills in marine finfish hatchery and grow-out operations.
  • Looking for innovative ideas.
  • Improving efficiency and profitability of business operations.
  • Building academic and business connections.

Who are the trainers?

  • Academicians and fish biologists from leading universities and research institutes specialised in marine aquaculture.
  • Experts in phytoplankton and zooplankton labs and live feed production.
  • Experienced hatchery technicians.
  • Professionals from commercial companies and hatcheries.

What will I learn?

You will practice broodstock selection and maintenance, induce fish to spawn, incubate eggs, prepare live feed and develop feeding regimes for newly hatched larvae, practice early and advanced nursing, seed harvesting, packaging and transportation and observe grow-out operations. You will also be presented with a theoretical background on biology, reproductive physiology, nutrition and health management. Field visits will showcase production technology and operation of small and medium-scale grouper hatcheries, nurseries, grow-out farms, live feed production and supply, and live seafood exports in Thailand. Some government research and extension institutes will also be visited. Topics covered in the training course include:

  • Biology of major cultured marine finfish (groupers, seabass, snapper, and pompano).
  • Site selection, hatchery design, equipment and setup.
  • Broodstock selection and management.
  • Egg handling and incubation.
  • Water quality management.
  • Nutrition, feed and feeding for marine finfish larvae.
  • Live food production.
  • Larviculture and nursery of fry.
  • Biosecurity.
  • Diseases and fish health management.
  • Harvest, packaging and transportation of fish seed.
  • Grow-out operations.
  • Aquaculture business management and investment appraisal.

Seminars on special interests

  • Production techniques of mud crabs.
  • Marine ornamental fish: Major species, production and market perspectives.

Training activities

  • Lectures, discussion and classroom exercises: (30% of training time).
  • Hands-on practices (50% of training time).
  • Field trips and others (20% of training time).

How to apply?

Download the application form below, fill in and send it to NACA through post, fax or email or apply online.