National Diploma in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management
(NVQ Level 5 & 6)
Since the late 1970’s aquaculture expanded from an artisanal, extensive mode of production of aquatic organisms to a rapidly evolving bio-industry. Especially developing countries like Sri Lanka have a high potential for a fast development of aquaculture, which enables us to support food-protein requirements and to gain foreign currency by exporting high priced seafood and ornamental species. This evolution, however, is based on developments in food technology, species selection, zoo technical aspects, management, automation, disease control, etc. It is accepted that the lack of well-trained specialists may be the bottleneck for further expansion of aquaculture.
The Diploma in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management is a two year program oriented towards the skills required by the industry at middle management levels and leads students to the degree of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management.
The program will provide theoretical knowledge and practical training on the most important aspects of aquaculture for both marine and freshwater organisms viz. Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Pathology, Fish/Aquatic plant/Shell fish and Sea Weed Culture, Fish Nutrition, Bio diversity and Conservation, Water quality management, Post harvesting & Processing; Fishery Economics & Management; etc.. The approach is both multi-disciplinary and industry oriented.
The objective of this program is to develop well-rounded aquaculturists and biologists with a strong, flexible background in Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management. This requires that students develop skills and knowledge not only associated directly with Aquaculture, but a broader understanding of the science and communication (English and ICT) associated with being a successful contributor and leader in the field.