The application of genetics and biotechnological tools to improve aquaculture production has advanced greatly over the past few decades. These include the characterization of wild genetic diversity and genetic improvement of cultured stocks. However, such applications are still lagging behind agriculture and livestock sectors as most of the cultured fish are still genetically similar to their wild counterparts. More emphasis on domestication of the stocks with high performance traits and adopting appropriate broodstock management strategies could help overcome the negative effects of inbreeding and unintentional selection. This course is aimed to provide students with the basic concepts of applied genetics and selective breeding with emphasis on sustainable management of fish stocks, and conservation of genetic resources for aquaculture.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this course students are expected to:

  • Identify the basic principles of genetics and genomics on their role in fish reproduction;
  • Distinguish population genetic and quantitative genetic terms and techniques relevant to aquaculture.
  • Apply the principles and practices of selective breeding in fish for genetic stock improvement and conservation of fish genetic resources; and
  • Identify the analytical genetic technologies most relevant to aquaculture.