Global fish production is increasing yearly, reaching 171 million
tons in 2016. Although capture production has been unchanged since 1990,
aquaculture production has been constantly increasing. In 2016, 47% of
global fish production was from aquaculture. Five APO member countries
(Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam) are listed in the
top 10 aquaculture producers in the world, and five more (the ROC, IR
Iran, Japan, the ROK, and the Philippines) are listed in the top 20. The
APO collectively contributed more than one-fifth of world aquaculture
production in terms of quantity. Aquaculture is an important industry in
APO member countries to support local economies and the food supply.
When aquaculture was developed more than 3,000 years ago in China,
freshwater species such as carp were the main products. In Europe, eels
and oysters were produced in aquaculture during the Roman Empire. Today,
advances in aquaculture technology have resulted in the production of a
variety of fish and seafood.
This course is being organized to train a critical mass of
individuals in APO member countries in acquiring with the broad guidance
on future aquaculture farming, and to promote it in member countries.
It will introduce hatchery technology, formulated feed, fish diseases,
recirculating aquaculture and aquaponics.
The Asian Productivity Organization developed this course with the
support of Dr. Shigeki Dan, Associate Professor, Dr. Katsuyuki Hamasaki,
Professor, Dr. Yutaka Haga, Associate Professor, Dr. Shuichi Satoh,
Professor, Dr. Motohiko Sano, Professor, Dr. Goshi Kato, Assistant
Professor, and Dr. Masato Endo, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of
Agriculture and Technology, Japan and Dr. Sho Shirakashi, Associate
Professor, Kindai University, Japan.
-There are 6 modules in this course. Please start with Module 1 and complete each module in order.
-The recommended timeline to complete each module is:
Days 1-2: Module 1
Days 3-5: Module 2+Quiz 1
Days 6-7: Module 3
Days 8-10: Module 4+Quiz 2
Days 11-18: Module 5+Quiz 3
Days 19-21: Module 6+Quiz 4
Day 22: Final Examination
-To confirm your understandings, 4 quizzes are provided. Please answer
the questions and check your score for self-evaluation. Please note that
the quiz scores have no connection with the final exam results.
-It is recommended that you proceed to the next module only after satisfactory completion of the preceding module.
-After completing all modules, each participant should take the final
exam. Remember that you are only allowed to take the final exam once.
Please ensure that you have thoroughly understood all modules before
taking the final exam.
-After completion of the course the APO will provide e-certificates to
successful participants who pass the final exam (minimum passing score
a. To offer participants information on future aquaculture farming;
b. To promote the productivity and effectiveness of aquaculture in member countries; and
c. To promote aquaculture and food production while contributing to
meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 1
(ending poverty in all its forms everywhere) and SDG 2 (ending hunger,
achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable
1) Participants who register to take this course and pass the final
examination with a score of 70% or higher will be eligible to receive
the APO certificate. Please note that the final examination can be taken
only once. Therefore, you decide when you choose to take the
examination. Please note that the self-assessment quizzes are for your
own evaluation and have no connection with the final examination
2) Participants who perform well in this course and receive the APO
certificate will be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to
attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO project, provided
their nominations are received through the concerned NPOs and slots are
3) Notes 2 are applicable only to participants from APO member
countries. Participants from nonmember countries are welcome to take the
course for self-improvement, though they will not get an opportunity to
attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects.