Responsible Aquaculture Foundation

Education Program

LogoThe Responsible Aquaculture Foundation is working in conjunction with leading experts in the fields of aquaculture and distance education to produce training and educational materials for primary delivery via the Internet. RAF also supports the further application of this course material in localized workshops organized by regional supporters and partners.

The RAF Education Program provides a platform from which to disseminate knowledge on best management practices for aquaculture. It will also attempt to address issues related to disease and other production problems as they develop.

With support from foundations such as the Resource Legacy Fund, RAF’s online education has initially focused course content on seafood safety, social responsibility, water quality and health management for shrimp facilities. Link to RAF’s education site below:

RAF Education Home Page in English
RAF Education Home Page in Chinese [中文]
RAF Education Home Page in Vietnamese [Tiếng Việt]
RAF Education Home Page in Spanish [Español]
Available Courses

Seafood Safety for Aquaculture Products
Good Manufacturing Practices at Aquaculture Processing Plants
Aquaculture Compliance With U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act
Another important series. Seafood safety issues can develop during both farming and processing due to microbial, chemical or physical contamination. Learn how effective controls focus on prevention and are arranged in layers that reflect increasing specificity.

Social Accountability in Aquaculture
Social responsibility is an essential element of aquaculture. This in-depth course covers fundamental labor rights, worker safety and health, and community relations.

Water Quality in Aquaculture: An Introduction
pH Management in Aquaculture
Total Suspended Solids Management in Aquaculture
Pond Liming and Fertilization
Feeding and Water Quality
Dissolved Oxygen Management in Aquaculture
Phosphorus and Phytoplankton Management in Aquaculture
Ammonia and Toxic Metabolite Management in Aquaculture
Water Circulation and Aeration
Pond Bottom Management in Aquaculture
In this practical series, learn how to measure important water quality parameters and maintain them within optimum ranges for efficient production.

Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Farms
Managing Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei at Shrimp Hatcheries

EHP reduces nutritional uptake and results in slow growth and wide size variation. EHP is particularly difficult to eradicate because the pathogen reproduces via highly resistant spores that can survive outside their hosts for extended periods.

Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Farms
Managing Early Mortality Syndrome at Shrimp Hatcheries

Early mortality syndrome (EMS) is a serious global disease that can cause 100% mortality of juvenile farmed shrimp. Although there is no “cure” for EMS, the application of best management practices can limit the presence and impacts of the disease.

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