2019-2020 / ZOOL2015-1

Biological bases of aquaculture and fisheries science


45h Th, 58h Pr

Number of credits

 Specialised master in aquatic resources and aquaculture management6 crédits 


Charles Mélard, Carole Rougeot


Charles Mélard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course gives through an integrated approach the basis of fish biology related with aquaculture and fisheries. It is dived in 5 chapters:
- Introduction: aquaculture and fisheries status
- Reproductive biology: endocrinology, effect on environmental factors on reproductive cycle and on spawning, gamete composition, control of gamete quality, sexual maturation and spawning.
- Genetic: genetics of qualitative and quantitative phenotypes, genetic and environmental sex determinisms, sex control, transgenesis.
- Bioenergetic: metabolism, effect of environmental and biological factors on growth
- Fish stress: endocrinology of stress, physiological response to acute and chronic stressors.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Through an integrative knowledge of the fish biology, the student has the bases necessary for the comprehension, interpretation and exploitation of the assets in the context of the aquaculture and fisheries.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Biology and chemistry, cellular biology, animal physiology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Control of reproduction and artificial spawning of several fish species, larval rearing and weaning, effect of food on the growth, measure of metabolism, genetic markers. Analyzes of scientific articles in connection with the sets of themes approached in the course.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

First four-monthly period, schedule establishes by the secretariat of the Master.
Lectures given at the campus of Sart-Tilman

Recommended or required readings



Books available in the library of the CEFRA

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination includes 3 randomly selected integrative questions by the student.
Exam sessions in January and September. The practical works, evaluated on the basis of written report and activity of the student, amount for 25% of the total.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Charles Mélard,
CEFRA-ULg, Chemin de la justice, 10, 4500 Tihange
Tel : ++ 32 85 274 153

Carole Rougeot,
Tel : ++ 32 85 274 159