MATURATION, REPRODUCTION and LARVAL REARING OF SELECTED REEF FINFISH

Duration of Course: varies

Instruction Fee: varies

Entrance Requirements: The student/trainee should have college-level biological sciences and some previous experience with the culture of aquatic organisms. English comprehension must be excellent.

Course Description: Major topics covered include:

  • introduction and orientation to facility systems
  • species introduction
  • basic laboratory procedures
  • water quality determination and parameter
  • basic knowledge of hormones and their role in induced spawning
  • broodstock maintenance techniques
  • broodstock maturity determination and selection techniques
  • hormone dosage determination and preparation techniques
  • hormone application techniques
  • mating and spawning techniques
  • egg quality identification and egg incubation techniques
  • hatchery overview (i.e., population estimates, determination of health nutritional requirements, water quality parameters, and estimation of required facilities

Course Summary: Student/trainees will be working with striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) throughout the course. Upon completion of the six-week study period, students/trainees will be familiar with the basic techniques involved, and have hands-on experience in the hormone-induced spawning of this finfish.

AQUATIC CHEMISTRY AND PLANKTON BIOLOGY

Duration of Course: varies

Instruction Fee: varies

Entrance Requirements: The trainee should have high school level biological sciences, college level chemistry, and pre-calculus. English comprehension must be excellent.

Course Description: Major topics covered include:

  • the aquatic ecosystem
  • aquatic chemistry
  • survey of aquatic organisms (general taxonomy)
  • methods in aquatic chemistry (physical chemistry, nutrient chemistry, biomass and production estimation, and sample collection/handling/ preservation)
  • phytoplankton culture techniques (including nutrients and isolation techniques)
  • plankton taxonomy (for phytoplankton and zooplankton)
  • Selected topics (i.e., experimental design, pollution, fisheries, aquaculture, plankton ecology) will be discussed, and a project will be undertaken in order to apply the techniques to problem-solving situations.

Course Summary: The course deals exclusively with the marine environment. Students/trainees will be introduced to concepts and methods used in the study of biological oceanography and plankton ecology with the application of those techniques in the study of oceanographic problems and marine aquaculture systems.


Note: Health certificates with tuberculosis (TB) clearance are required in advance of acceptance for training and an up-to-date certificate may be necessary upon arrival. Trainees will be required to show proof of medical insurance effective in Hawaii and covering the training period while at Oceanic Institute. Training is conducted in English, therefore the trainee's English comprehension must be excellent. English as a Second Language courses can be arranged with advance notification. Other qualifications may be required for entrance to specific training courses.

Further information, including detailed proposals, can be obtained from Oceanic Institute's Training Program Office