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Aquaculture: Raising Saltwater Fish in the Classroom overview

MIT Sea Grant has developed a two-volume high school curriculum about aquaculture, which includes both a teacher edition and student handbook. Most classroom aquaculture programs start with larger fish, but this curriculum begins the process earlier by teaching students about hatcheries—an important piece in the aquaculture puzzle. The curriculum uses MIT's Marine Finfish Hatchery as a model and provides step-by-step information on how to build and maintain a hatchery, raise food for larvae, care for fish, and maintain water quality.

Download an MSWord overview of how aquaculture can meet Massachusetts curriculum standards for science, technology/engineering and mathematics).

  Aquaculture: Raising Saltwater Fish in the Classroom curriculum

Teacher Edition (PDF)
Student Workbook (PDF)
Animation of a recirculating system

Aquaculture in the Classroom participants, 2004-2005 academic year
Aquaculture in the Classroom participants are using aquaculture as a component of their educational curriculum.

Odyssey High School at South Boston
Essex Agricultural High School
Swampscott Middle School

O’Bryant School for Math and Science

We are currently considering holding workshops for teachers interested teachers in using this curriculum in their classrooms. For more information please contact Brandy M.M. Wilbur, Aquaculture Specialist, at (978)283-6275 or