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A Primer of Ecological Aquaculture

Dietmar Kültz

Publication Date - 25 November 2022

ISBN: 9780198850236

304 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock


Aquaculture exemplifies the ongoing global struggle to strike a sustainable balance between the conflicting needs of a rapidly increasing world population, human health, ecosystem health, the welfare of wild and domesticated animals, and the economic principles of globalized economies. On the one hand, aquaculture has great potential for providing us with a healthy and nutritious food supply whilst alleviating pressure on captive fisheries and reducing fisheries-induced habitat destruction, overfishing, genetic modification of wild populations, and wholesale waste of bycatch. On the other hand, aquaculture relies heavily on clean water, an increasingly precious (and dwindling) resource that is subject to intense pressure of being used for many competing objectives.

This concise primer introduces students to the basic concepts, opportunities, and challenges of aquaculture with an emphasis on ecological considerations. It provides a critical assessment of current aquaculture practices from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective and from the standpoint of how best to align the two major (and often conflicting) goals of future aquaculture development: minimizing reliance on ecosystem services whilst maximizing productivity.

A Primer of Ecological Aquaculture provides an accessible and authoritative overview for a wide range of undergraduate majors ranging from biology, engineering, and environmental policy to business and management. It will also appeal to a more general academic audience who wish to gain a current overview of the field.


  • Provides an integrated discussion of the ecological, economic, and technological cornerstones of aquaculture in the form of a concise primer, making the diverse but interwoven facets of ecological aquaculture accessible to a broad readership
  • Discusses the controversial aspects of aquaculture including the use of genetic/genomic tools for stock improvement
  • Addresses current societal drivers and concerns as well as future goals of aquaculture with an emphasis on ecological sustainability
  • Includes a discussion of aquaculture practices for a diverse range of economically important species

About the Author(s)

Dietmar Kültz, Professor of Physiological Genomics, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

Dietmar Kültz is a Professor of Physiological Genomics at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, USA. His laboratory focuses on investigating the mechanisms of stress-induced evolution in fish and marine invertebrates. His research spans molecular to organism levels of biological complexity and utilizes reductionist synthetic biology, biochemical, and holistic systems level approaches to dissect causality between environmental effects on cells and organisms, physiological responses, and complex adaptive phenotypes. He teaches a molecular genetics laboratory course, an introductory aquaculture course, and a stress physiology course at UC Davis. Professor Kültz received his BSc/MS and doctoral degrees from the University of Rostock in Germany. He was a DAAD postdoctoral fellow at Oregon State University, a Fogarty Visiting Fellow at the NIH (Bethesda), and an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida before joining the faculty at UC Davis

Table of Contents

    1. Aquaculture Terminology and Basic Concepts
    2. The Historical Origins of Aquaculture
    3. Seafood and Beyond: Key Aquaculture Objectives
    4. Aquaculture Systems as Mesocosms
    5. Integrated Multitrophic Polycultures
    6. Domestication of Aquaculture Species
    7. Overview of Aquaculture Species Diversity
    8. Environmentally Sustainable Plant Aquaculture
    9. Aquaculture of Sponges and Cnidarians
    10. Mollusc Aquaculture
    11. Crustacean Aquaculture
    12. Ornamental Fishes
    13. Aquaculture of Freshwater Fish
    14. Anadromous Fish
    15. Catadromous Fish
    16. Abiotic Parameters
    17. Feeds, Waste, and Stress
    18. Infectious Diseases

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