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At Salem State University the aquaculture concentration within the biology department manifests its ecological heritage. Students explore energy flow and allocation in aquatic systems. Techniques to repackage energy into organisms considered desirable by humankind are examined analytically. The curriculum affords students the opportunity to learn about aquaculture and to apply newly acquired skills in real-life situations. Courses offered at the Cat Cove Marine Laboratory include: introduction to aquaculture, aquaculture methods, advanced aquaculture, fish biology, and aquaculture internships.

2016 Summer Courses

BIO 344 Underwater Research Methods (4 Credits) Tues & Thurs 24 May - 30 June (0900 - 1600)  This course is designed to introduce scuba certified students to research methods used in the study of biology, ecology and physiology of subtidal organisms. Current underwater research methods are taught and implemented in underwater exercises. Potential topics for lectures and labs include: diving physics, physiology, dive planning, first aid for diving professionals, dive rescue, sampling designs, statistical analysis, underwater photography, population census methods and fish habitat surveys. This course fulfills the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diver training requirements. Three lecture hours and one-four hour lab per day.

Prerequisites    Basic Open Water Scuba certification, an Introductory Biology laboratory sequence; or permission of Department Chairperson. Students must supply their own scuba equipment Registration information at

BIO 706 Estuarine Ecology (4 credit graduate course for teachers)  27 June - 1 July 2016 (0800 - 1700) This intensive 45-hour 4-credit graduate-level course provides an overview of estuarine environments, where freshwater meets saltwater. Classroom instruction provides background information on estuarine ecology. Interactions between the physical, chemical and biological components of estuarine environments are explored through field experiences and laboratory experiments dealing with such topics as salt marsh vegetation, marine plankton, interstitial meiofauna, fouling organisms, water quality parameters, and physiological adaptations of fish. Participants gain a hands-on appreciation of the dynamic nature and ecological importance of estuarine environments. Emphasized are techniques to sample estuarine environments, collection and analysis of data, and investigations appropriate for the classroom.
Course Prerequisites
Two upper-level undergraduate courses in biology or permission of Department Chairperson



Darwin Festival 2012

34th Milford Aquaculture Seminar February 2014