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Aquaculture Program


Matt Wilson

(208) 733-3972

Program Overview

The Aquaculture Program educates and trains people to meet the expanding needs in the commercial aquaculture industry. Students enrolled in this program learn and work at the college hatchery and for area commercial facilities throughout their educational experience. Students build a broad background of experience for future education and employment.

Admission Requirements

There are specific requirements for enrollment in our career technical programs.  Students should be familiar with demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches with their individual career interests and goals. The specific requirements are established by the technical program.  A student who does not meet the established requirements for entrance into a program will have an opportunity to participate in the appropriate level courses to improve their skills for program consideration.  The program requirements and admission procedures can be obtained by contacting the program advisor.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Aquaculture program, a student will be able to:

  1. Culture fish throughout their life cycle, from egg to adult, using best practices that are consistent with industry standards, to ensure a healthy, high quality final product.
  2. Selectively breed and manage two strains of rainbow trout to ensure proper numbers for future production.
  3. Use best management practices and current equipment to ensure proper feeding and nutrition of fish.
  4. Monitor, sample, and use best management practices to ensure effluent water complies with the Clean Water Act and our NPDES permit.
  5. Effectively operate and incorporate necessary technology such as pumps, heaters, and various meters to ensure production water quality parameters are met.
  6. Identify pathogens and diseases and implement proper control procedures when necessary. 
  7. Develop and implement a management strategy to track inventory, expenses, and income to determine profit or loss of a crop.
  8. Use and maintain common equipment and machinery used in industry.
  9. Set up, load and haul fish to processing plants, private ponds, and various waters within the state.

Sample Career Opportunities:

  • Farmers
  • Ranchers
  • Agricultural Manager
  • First-line Supervisor of Farming

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices

Gainful Employment

The following majors are included in this program:

This information provided in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about Gainful Employment can be found at