2021-2022 / 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 


Michaël Ovidio, Carole Rougeot


Michaël Ovidio

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial 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.
- Methods of fish tagging and observation  in connection with applications for the management of fishery resources and aquaculture

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, hybrid 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

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

The oral examination includes 3 randomly selected integrative questions by the student.
Exam sessions in January and September. 

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Dr.Carole Rougeot,
Centre de formation et de recherche en Aquaculture Tél : ++ 32 85 274 159 C.Rougeot@uliege.be
Prof. Michael Ovidio
Tél: +32 4 3665027 : Sécrétariat : +32 4 366 50 81