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Aquaculture Technology

The Aquaculture Technology program at CR prepares individuals for careers in aquaculture and management of aquatic ecosystems by providing the training and experience required for immediate employment in the field. The program provides a broad background in applied science and math as well as specialized coursework and hands-on experience in fin fish and shellfish culture, production, and management. This program is ideal for students interested in hands-on work with various aquatic organisms and dynamic outdoor environments. Program graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in private aquaculture facilities, government hatcheries, or in entrepreneurial ventures focused on fin fish or shellfish farming. . 

Degrees and Certificates

Examples of classes in this program:

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Introduction to Fisheries
  • Applied Aquaculture
  • Salmonid Aquaculture

Career Opportunities: 

  • Aquaculture/Hatchery Technician
  • Fish Culturist
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Aquaponics Technician
  • Aquaculture Farm/Hatchery Manager or Owner
  • Fish Processing Plant Worker
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Observer
  • Aquaculture Systems Engineer
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension Associate
  • Aquaculture Nutrition Specialist

About the Program

This program provides students with knowledge of aquaculture practices, principles, and techniques for culturing different aquatic species in various production systems. Students gain technical knowledge, skills, and quantitative tools that are applicable towards real-world settings. In this program students acquire hands-on skills for assessing water quality, husbandry maintenance, system construction, spawning techniques, biosecurity, harvesting methods, and feeding practices. Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to go straight into the industry or further their education.

Did you know?

  • Aquaculture production provides over half of global seafood and is expected to double by mid-century.
  • California consumes the most seafood compared to any other state in the United States.
  • Aquaculture production in California is extremely diverse. Species include oysters, abalone, mussels, clams, seaweed, channel catfish, tilapia, sturgeon, stripped bass, and rainbow trout.
  • Aquaculturist help bring a variety of healthy fin fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants from aquatic environments to our dinner table.
  • Aquaculture Manager’s earn an average of 80,000 a year in California. 
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Division Information

Career Education

 Mike Haley, Dean

 Gussie Solem, Administrative Secretary

 CTE Division Office, AT-100C

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