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The Need

World demand for seafood continues to grow at unprecedented rates. According to the FAO, global aquaculture production must double by 2030 just to keep pace with demand. This represents an increase of almost 40 million tons in the next 20 years. The aquaculture industry is already one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture in the world.

As aquaculture grows, so does the need for trained aquaculture professionals. Government agencies need aquaculture specialists who can evaluate, develop, and improve aquaculture projects. Aquaculture ventures need specialists with knowledge of current techniques and procedures. These professionals must be able to analyze economic, financial, biological, and ecological issues related to the industry.

In most countries around the world, especially those in tropical regions, there are not enough aquaculture specialists. Needs of governments and industry are not being fulfilled. Even worse, the potential economic opportunities of the industry are not being developed. This points to the need for a world-wide training and certification program to guarantee aquaculture professionals have this much-needed basic knowledge.

Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures is recognized as a world leader in aquaculture education and training. Thousands of aquaculturalists have been trained through Auburn’s short-term and degree training programs. The Department has now packaged these time-tested materials into an educational and certification program that will meet these critical needs.

We invite you to become part of this dynamic industry through Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures Web-based Certification for Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) program.

Objective

To accomplish this training a web-based training program has been developed. The objective of this program is to provide a training and certification program for aquaculture professionals that allows them to excel in their jobs, with a deeper understanding of the environment, food safety, animal welfare, animal health and social responsibility. The program is principle-based so that it has application to all types of aquaculture operations around the world.