Aquaculture Science. Second Edition

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Aquaculture Science. Second Edition


King, Chad, NACTA Journal


Aquaculture Science. Second Edition, by Rick Parker, Delmar Thomson Learning, 2002, 621 pages, hardbound $77.95

Rick Parker begins the preface of the second edition of Aquaculture Science with the following clarification: "Writing a textbook on aquaculture is a lot like writing a textbook on all of agriculture... Deciding what to include and how much was a challenge. .. The author hopes that this book will help train the reader to. . .learn to learn." This textbook covers a broad range of material, rising to the challenge of organizing and presenting a wealth of information in an accessible manner. Imbedded in each chapter and the accompanying study/review sections are tools to encourage student inquiry and intrinsic motivation for learning.

Aquaculture Science provides an expansive overview of aquaculture, making it ideal for college classes. In many ways this text also serves as an introduction to anatomy, zoology, nutrition, water chemistry and animal husbandry. Main aquaculture topics begin with the history of aquaculture, progressing through important species, management, feeding, health, water quality and system construction. Associated topics critical to a complete understanding of the aquaculture industry such as marketing and processing, business, agencies and regulations and career opportunities are also addressed.

Information and methods of engaging the reader are varied, which helps this text succeed. Each chapter commences with an extensive list of aquaculture and science objectives. These illustrate many overlapping concepts and could also allow teachers to use this text in the science classroom and address science standards. Although these objectives focus on low level, knowledge based questioning, students are encouraged to participate in higher level questioning and hands on activities through "knowledge applied" questions at the end of each chapter.

This second edition makes several improvements on the first. …

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