Subject description for 2020/2021

Aquaculture Nutrition (AK320F)

Aquaculture Nutrition


Course description

The following topics are covered, mainly pertaining to fish: Importance of nutrition and feeds in sustainable aquaculture. Approaches to study feed and nutrient requirements. Digestive physiology. Metabolic integration and energy utilization. Nutrient classes: functions and requirements for individual nutrients. Nutrition and health. Feed ingredients: nutrient digestibility and availability. Aquatic feeds: formulation and technology. Feeds and quality of farmed fish. Larval fish nutrition and feeding: an overview. Shellfish nutrition and feeding: an overview. Advances in aquaculture nutrition.


No tuition costs. Semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes


The student should have:

  • A general understanding of the importance of feeds and feeding for sustainable aquaculture¿
  • An overview of digestive physiology and energetics; macro and micronutrient requirements of fish; larval nutrition¿
  • An insight into the influence of nutrients, feeds and additives in maintaining fish health ¿
  • A knowledge of feed ingredients, feed technology, and quality of fish as food¿
  • An awareness of the current trends in the feed industry and research priorities in aquaculture nutrition


The student should:

  • From an academic point of view become skilled in different aspects of fish nutrition including the design of nutrition experiments, formulation and preparation of experimental diets¿
  • From an industrial point of view become familiar with different types of feeds, technology related to it and feeding practices¿
  • From an environmental perspective be able to decipher ways to find sustainable resources that may be utilized as feed ingredients

General Competence

The student should:

  • Be able to make use of the knowledge acquired through this course as a background either for undertaking further studies in aquaculture nutrition or for participating in farming activities or for working in the feed industry ¿
  • Be able to competently discuss issues related to aquafeeds

Course type

Elective: MSc in Aquaculture


KJ301F Laboratory safety (or equivalent) must be taken prior to the lab work.

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face teaching.

Teaching activities and methods

There will be four blocks of teaching during the semester. Each block extends over 2 days and includes approximately 12 hours of teaching. In addition there will be laboratory classes (of approximately 8 hours).

Recommended prior knowledge

This course is built upon the foundation course AK220F Fish Nutrition and Feeding offered at the Bachelor's level or similar recognized courses. It is expected that the students have an understanding of basic biochemistry including the metabolic pathways. Information on self-study web resources on these topics will be made available in the fronter classroom prior to the commencement of the teaching.

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F
  • Assignment, comprises 30/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.
  • Written examination, 4 hours, comprises 70/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E, Beste A, Ikke bestått F.

Overlapping courses

AK320F-001v1 Aquaculture Nutrition - paper - 3 study points.
AK320F-002v1 Aquaculture Nutrition - written examination - 7 study points.
AK320F-001v1 Aquaculture Nutrition - paper - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Spring 2021 ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture