Fisheries

Fisheries program was established in 1993 and it is now being offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Aquaculture (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) and Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries (M.Sc.). As IUT is situated in the central part of Iran, where only various inland water resources such as springs, rivers, and lakes exist, the primary aim of the department, as an educational and research entity, is to work on various aspects of inland aquaculture and aquatic life.  This include areas such as breeding and culture of warm and cold water fishes and other aquatic life, brackish and freshwater biology, fishing, aquatic diseases and hygiene, as well as aquatic ecosystems management and protection.

 

Research Interests:

·         Breeding and culture of warm and cold water fishes and other aquatic life

·         Brackish and freshwater biology and fisheries management

·         Identification of water resources and their potentials for aquaculture

·         Fish nutrition and growth

·         Environmental impacts of aquacultural development

·         Benthic fauna of rivers and lakes in the Province of Isfahan and the neighboring regions

·         Application of fertilizers in fish farming and its impacts on fish productivity

·         Ichthyology; fish biology and systematics

·         Limnology and marine ecology

·         Fish reproductive & growth physiology

·         Genetics &aquatic biotechnology

·         Live feed production

·         Aquarium fish culture

 

Research and Educational Facilities:

·         Fish culture ponds and aquaria

·         Hydrobiology, limnology, and hydrochemistry lab.

·         Ichthyology lab & museum

·         Feed & nutrition equipment

·         Genetics &biotechnology lab

 

Curriculum for the Degree of B.Sc. in Fisheries: Aquaculture

 

To obtain a B.Sc. degree, students must take at least 136 credits, including 20 general Education, 39 basic, 65 core and 11 elective courses during eight terms of study:

 

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710242

Microbiology

2+1

3716101

General Botany

2+1

2110103

General Chemistry

3

1914103

General Mathematics

3

 

General Courses

Prerequisites (if any)

5

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

2010118

General Physics

2

2010119

Physics Lab.

1

3712101

Zoology

2+1

3714102

Introduction to Environment

2+1

3710140

Genetics

2+1

3710243

Computer acquaintance

1+1

2510114

English Language

3

           

 

Semester III (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

2112229

Organic Chemistry

3

3716200

Meteorology & Climatology

2+1

3716205

Introduction to Soil Science

2+1

3712200

General Ecology

3

3710246

Statistics & Probability

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester IV (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3710241

General Biochemistry

3

3712203

General Ichthyology

2+1

3712202

General Hydrobiology

2+1

3710343

Experimental Design

2+1

3716201

General Hydrology

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester V (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712303

Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition

2+1

3710340

Technical Drawings

1+1

3712429

Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation

2+1

3714306

Environmental Evaluation

1+1

3712340

Animal Physiology

1+1

3712204

Hydrochemistry

1+1

3710345

Economy of Natural Resources

2

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester VI (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712453

Breeding & Cultivation of warm water fish

2+1

3712305

Hydro technique & Pond Design

1+1

3712452

Breeding & Cultivation of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712450

Limnology

2+1

3712451

Marine Ecology

3

3712449

Fishing Methods

2+1

 

General Courses

2

 

 

Semester VII (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712434

Diet formulation

1+1

3712435

Breeding & Cultivation of Coldwater fish

1+1

3712406

Systematic Ichthyology

2+1

3712431

Hygiene & Diseases of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712437

Breeding & Cultivation of Aquarium fishes

1+1

3712423

Seminar

1

 

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

Semester VIII (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712456

Fisheries Rules & Management

2

3712439

Breed Improvement Principles for Aquatic Animals

2

3712438

Fishery Products Processing

2+1

3712424

Project

3

 

General Courses

4

 

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

3716101          General Botany                                             2+1 Cr.

Plant physiology, anatomy of stem, root, leaf and flower, Plant morphology, taxonomy of flowering plants, description of major families.

 

3712101           Zoology                                              2+1Cr.

Selected aspects of classification, phylogeny, morphology, development, physiology and ecology of animals.

 

3710140          Genetics                                              2+1Cr.

Basic cell structure, chromosomes, gene duplication, mutation, anopoloidy, polyploid, genetic coding, protein coding, quantitative genetic.

 

3716200                      Meteorology and Climatology                      2+1Cr.

Radiation and radiation balance, air and soil temperature, air pressure, wind and general circulation, evapotranspiration, atmospheric humidity, condensation and atmospheric precipitation, climatic classifications. Prerequisite: General Physics 2010118, Physics Lab. 2010119.

 

3712200          General Ecology                                3 Cr.

Scope of ecology, Principles and concepts pertaining to ecosystem, energy flow and transformation, biogeochemical cycles and limiting factors, Organization at the community and population levels, Biome, human and agricultural ecology.

 

3710241          General Biochemistry                                   3Cr.

Relationship between biochemistry and agricultural and fisheries science, Chemical composition of organisms, biochemistry of food, biochemistry of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acid, enzymes, vitamins and hormones, Metabolism.

Prerequisite: Organic chemistry 2112229

 

3712203          General Ichthyology                          2+1Cr.

Basic information about fishes, information on life history, morphology, and anatomy of all fishes.

Prerequisite : Zoology 3712101.

 

3712202          General Hydrobiology                                  2+1Cr.

Physicochemical condition of aquatic animal life, Plankton, nektons, benthos, periphyton, neuston and pleuston and Food chain in aquatic environment.

Prerequisite: Zoology 3712101

 

3710343          Experimental Design                                     2+1Cr.

Definitions, experimental units, experimental errors, systematic design, Factorial design, square latine plots.

 

3716201          General Hydrology                            2+1Cr.

Introduction and history of Hydrology, Water cycle, Measurement of rainfall, Statistical analysis of rainfall. Prerequisite:Meteorology & Climatology 3716200.

 

3712303          Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition     2+1Cr.

Importance of nutrition in aquaculture, Economic importance of aquatic animals, Feed conversion ratio, Protein production efficiency,..., Introduction and classification of nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, minerals and vitamin) and their function, digestion, absorption and …. Energy metabolism.

Prerequisite: General Biochemistry 3710241.

 

3710340          Technical Drawings                          1+1Cr.

Introduction, geometrical relations in drawings, drawing papers, line types, size and numbers, isometric, dimetric and trimetric drawings.

 

3712429          Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation           2+1Cr.

Introduction to fish biology, Types of reproduction in fish, Fecundity, Maturation and hormones, Migration and reproduction, Hormone injection in artificial propagation, Culture systems (extensive, semi-intensive and intensive).

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3714306          Environmental Evaluation               1+1Cr.

Land classification, Geographical Information System and satellite images in regional programming. Prerequisite: Introduction to environment 3714102.

 

3712340          Animal Physiology                            1+1Cr.

Energy metabolism, Physiology of respiration, Physiology of blood, Homeostasis, Reproduction and migration physiology.

Prerequisite: Zoology 3712101

 

3712204          Hydrochemistry                                             1+1Cr.

Physicochemical characteristics of water, Characteristics of underground waters, Gases in water and their importance in aquaculture, Toxic compounds in water and…

Prerequisite: General Chemistry 2110103.

 

3710345          Economy of Natural Resources                   2 Cr.

The economic activity as a science; value theory and its origin; capital; economic transactions agents, approaches, commodity; and the agents operations; production dependent, cost marketing; GNP; currency function and planning.

 

3712453          Breeding and Cultivation of warm water fishes    2+1Cr.

 Principles and procedures for culture of important warmwater fish, emphasis will be placed on species used for food and restocking water bodies in Iran, management strategies. Laboratory and field trips included. Prerequisite: Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712305          Hydro technique and Pond Design              1+1Cr.

Principles of site selection and pond design, topographical condition and soil structure, classification of ponds, installation, hydrotechnical and hydrological consideration in pond construction, field work included.

 

3712452          Breeding and Cultivation of Aquatic Organisms   2+1 Cr.

Identification and morphology of commonly cultured prawn, breeding and cultivation, hatchery and farm operation, nutrition of prawn, principles and procedures for culture  of edible bivalve mollusks. Environmental requirements, laboratory and field trips included.

Prerequisite: Fish Breeding and Cultivation 37304

 

3712450          Limnology                                                      2+1 Cr.

 Physical and chemical features of inland waters and their biological communities, zonation of lotic and lentic waters, Dissolved gases, organic and inorganic soluble substances, nutrient cycling and food chain dynamic in freshwater ecosystem.

Prerequisite:General Hydrobiology 3712202

 

3712451          Marine Ecology                                                         3 Cr.

Characteristics of marine environment, nature and global distribution of marine organisms, productivity at sea, energetics of marine ecosystems. Zonation at sea, marine communities, sea shores, estuaries, human exploitation of marine ecosystems.

Prerequisite: Ecology 37103.

 

3712449          Fishing Methods                                                        2+Cr.

 Identification of different ecological groups of fish at different aquatic ecosystems, fish migration, commercial and non-commercial fishes; fishing gears and methods, fishing vessels and policies, field trips.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203

 

3712434          Diet formulation                                                        1+Cr.

History of diet formulation, feed ingredients, feed nomenclature, nutrients supplements (protein, energy, lipid, and carbohydrates), diets formulation, diet storage, ingredients and diet evaluation.

Prerequisite: Principles of Aquatic Animals Nutrition3712303

 

3712435          Breeding and Cultivation of Cold Water Fishes.   1+1 Cr.

Breeding and cultivation, hatchery and farm operation, and nutrition of rainbow trout and other cold water fishes. Environmental requirements. Laboratory and field trips included.

Prerequisite: Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712406          Systematic Ichthyology                                             2+1 Cr.

Fish biometry, morphological characteristics for identification and classification of fishes, special emphasis will be placed on fishes of the Persian Gulf, Oman Sea and inland waters. Practical work included.

Prerequisite : General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712431          Diseases and Parasites of Aquatic Animals            2+1 Cr.

The common diseases of both cold and warm water fishes, infective, non-infective and stress mediated concept of diseases in cultured fish and other aquatic animals, disease prevention, control and treatments, ecto and endo parasites. Laboratory work included.

Prerequisite: Fish Breeding and Cultivation 37304, General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712437          Breeding and Cultivation of Aquarium fishes       1+1Cr.

Introduction to aquaria, aquarium invertebrates and plants, classification of aquarium fishes, breeding and cultivation of aquarium fishes.

Prerequisite:Principles of Fish Breeding and Cultivation, 3712429.

 

3712423          Group Discussion                                          1 Cr.

Current topics in fisheries and related subjects.

Prerequisite: Adviser's approval,

 

3712456          Fisheries Rules & Management                               2 Cr.

Introduction, social changes and the importance of rules and managements, role of rules in management, countries rule for fisheries.

Prerequisite: Economy of Natural Resources 3710345.

 

3712439          Principles of Breeding and Cultivation of Aquatic Animals                     2 Cr.

Aims and methods of fish culture, principles and biotechniques of fish breeding, reproduction, hatchery operation and nutrition of hatchery reared fish, brood stock management, general characteristics of water for fish farming, integrated aquaculture.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712438          Fishery Products Processing                                    2+1 Cr.

Aims and methods of fish culture, principles and biotechniques of fish breeding, reproduction, hatchery operation and nutrition of hatchery reared fish, brood stock management, general characteristics of water for fish farming, integrated aquaculture.

Prerequisite: General Ichthyology 3712203.

 

3712424          Project                                                            3 Cr.

Students are required to design a research project and report to the results of their experiment to their supervisors.

Prerequisite: Consent of the supervisor.

 

Curriculum for the Degree of M.Sc. in Fisheries

To obtain a M.Sc. degree, students must take at least 32 credits during four terms of study:

 

Aquaculture:

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712701

Supplementary Fish Aquaculture

2+1

3712703

Live feed Production

1+1

3712704

Hygiene Management in Aquaculture

2

3712709

Aquatic Nutrition & Feeding

1+1

3716511

Research Methods

2

3712710

Application of Computers in Fisheries

1

 

 

Semester II (Spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712702

Supplementary Aquaculture

2+1

3712705

Aquaculture Management

2

3712706

Advanced Hydrobiology

2+1

3712707

Genetics&Biotechnology of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712708

Fish physiology

2+1

3712901

Seminar

1

 

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Continue of thesis

-

 

 

 

Aquatic Ecology & Fisheries:

 

Semester I (fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3712810

Physiology & Behavior of Aquatic Animals

2+1

3712820

Fish Ecology

2+1

3712840

Benthic Ecology

1+1

3712845

Evaluation & Conservation of Iran Aquatic Ecosystems

2

+

Elective Courses*

2

 

 

Semester II (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716511

Research Methods

2

3712835

Plankton Ecology

1+1

3712830

Aquatic Stock Assessment

2+1

3712825

Advanced Limnology

2+1

3712901

Seminar

1

+

Elective Courses*

3

 

Semester III (Fall)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Thesis

6

 

 

Semester IV (spring)

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

9010606

Continue of thesis

-

 

 

*Elective Courses

 

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

3716526

Advanced statistics

2+1

3712855

Aquatic Ecology

2+1

3712865

Fish Phylogeny

2

3712850

Molecular Ecology

2

3712860

Remote Sensing & its applications in Fisheries

1+1

 

 

GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

3712701          Supplementary Fish Aquaculture                                                   2+1 Cr.

Latest advances in world fish culture, application of natural and synthetic for stimulating fish reproduction, fish sexing, brood production, closed circuit systems, cage aquaculture, automated aquaculture.

 

3712702          Supplementary Aquaculture                                                            2+1 Cr.

Latest advances in world aquaculture, application of natural and synthetic for stimulating  shrimp reproduction, shrimp reproduction, shrimp feeding, mollusks culture, lobster culture, seaweed culture.

 

3712703          Live feed Production                                                                        1+1 Cr.

Food chains and photosynthesis, live food importance in aquaculture, algae culture, rotifer culture, chironomid culture, Artemia culture.

 

3712704          Hygiene Management in Aquaculture                                            1+1Cr.

Criteria for choosing water and soil for aquaculture, hygienic criteria in aquatic import and export, pond design, fishing vaccination, genetic manipulation, quarantine.

 

3712705          Aquaculture Management                                                   2 Cr.

Principles of aquaculture management, fishery organizations, management of aquatic propagation centers, human resources management in aquaculture, coastal aquaculture management, rules and regulations of aquatic protection.

3712706          Advanced Hydrobiology                                                                   2+1 Cr.

producers, consumers, aquatic production, water biogenic capacity, water protection from pollution, water self-purification, sea food cycles, Caspian sea plant and animal communities, pond communities.

 

3712707-         Genetics & Biotechnology of Aquatic Animals                               1+1 Cr.

Biotechnology in aquaculture, aquatic genetic management, karyology and cytogenetic, chromosome banding, cell culture, electrophoresis in population studies, genetic manipulation, gynogenesis, polyploidy, sex change, PCR.

 

3712708                      Fish physiology                                                                                  2+1 Cr.

Physiology of respiration, circulation, osmosis, ion regulation, stress, migration, reproduction, feeding and sense organs in aquatic animals.

 

3712709          Aquatic Nutrition & Feeding                                                           1+1 Cr.

Importance of feeding in aquaculture, comparative physiology of feeding organs, feeding requirements, food analysis, food consumption, food interactions, food additives, food mixtures.

 

3712710          Application of Computers in Fisheries                                            1 Cr.

Introduction to internet, electronic mail, database searching, analytical, graphical and word processing software, fishery sites, fishery software.

 

3716511          Research Methods                                                                 2 Cr.

Definitions, defining scope of research, research groups, experimental procedures in research, types of research, application of statistics in research, research quality control.

 

3712810                  Physiology &Behavior of Aquatic Animals                            3 Cr.

Factors affecting fish behavior,  physiological basis of behavior, communational behavior, shoaliong behavior, reproductive behavior, foraging behavior, fish behavior in relation to gears, colors and camouflage in fish, sound production and behavior, photophores and their function.

 

3712820               Fish Ecology                                                                                 2 Cr.

Limitations of body form, feeding ecology, fish bioenergetics, fish growth and population dynamics, fish life history and biodiversity, biological interactions.

 

3712840               Benthic Ecology                                                                            2 Cr.

Bottom structure, sampling methods, physical and chemical and biological factors affecting bottom structure, benthic animals and plants, bottom types, biodiversity of benthos, benthic communities, energetics of benthos.

 

3712845               Evaluation & Conservation of Iran Aquatic Ecosystems                     2 Cr.

Definitions of aquatic ecosystems, types of aquatic ecosystems, ecotoxicology, aquatic ecosystems protection.

 

3712835               Plankton Ecology                                                             1+1Cr.

Plankton distribution, seasonal fluctuations, sea planktonic communities, planktonic blooming, plankton cycles, energetics of planktons.

 

3712830               Aquatic Stock Assessment                                                           2 Cr.

Bertalanfy growth parameters, relative abundance, capture per unit of effort, marking, mortality estimation, natural mortality and life span, cohort analysis.

 

3712825               Advanced Limnology                                                                   2 Cr.

Inland water structure, organisms of lakes and rivers, material cycles, food webs in inland waters, type of polluted waters, self-purification of waters.

 

3712860               Remote Sensing & its Applications in Fisheries                         2 Cr.

RS systems, earth resources satellites, characteristics of satellite data, geometric errors, RS application in fisheries.

 

3712901          Seminar                                                                                  1 Cr.

A seminar on the current topics in aquatic ecology & fisheries, aquaculture and related subjects.

 

9010606          Thesis                                                                                     6 Cr.

Students are required to design a research project and report the results of their experiment to their supervisors as a Master's thesis.

Prerequisite: Consent of the supervisor.