Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9104035482010Crab CultureElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
To culture of highly economical crab species, to identification of culture methods of the candidate species, to description of factors affecting the circumstances of egg incubation and embryonic development in crab species, to definition of culture methods from larval stage to marketing size of the crab species.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Associate Prof. Dr. HALİL ŞEN
Learning Outcomes
1Learning to highly economical crab species.
2Methods and techniques of crab culture.
3Learning to reproduction characteristics in crabs.
4Egg incubation and embryonic development in crabs.
5Larval culture methods of crab species.
6Growth and survival parameters.
7Alternative crab species.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
In the crabs, preparation of larval rearing systems, obtaining of live food for each larval stage and preparation of feeding protocols. To consider of abiotic factors and water quality parameters on crab culture, investigation of hygienic characteristics of the rearing conditions and take precautions. Culture techniques and its preparation of systems for egg incubation, larval, megalop, juvenile, and marketing size of the crabs, and points to be paid attention while rearing.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Identification of crabs.Biological and scientific identification by pictures and figures.
2Economical crabs.Sample photos.
3Importance of abiotical factors and water quality.Investigation of sample culture systems.
4Culture systems and equipments. Investigation of sample culture systems.
5Broodstock management and egg.Investigation of sample culture systems.
6Methods and techniques of egg incubation. Investigation of sample culture systems
7Definition of larval development stages. Investigation of different larval developmental stages.
9Obtaining of live food for each larval stage and preparation of feeding protocols.Investigation of sample live foods.
10Rearing methods and techniques of larval, megalop and juvenile stages. Investigation of sample culture systems .
11rearing methods and techniques of marketing size specimens. Investigation of sample culture systems.
12Spider crab culture. Investigation of sample culture systems.
13Mud crab culture.Investigation of sample culture systems.
14Swimming blue crab culture.Investigation of sample culture systems.
15Crab disease and treatment methods.Investigation of sample cases.
16Fianl exam
Recommended or Required Reading
1. Andrés, M., Estévez, A., Rotllant, G., 2007. Growth, survival and biochemical composition of spider crab Maja brachydactyla (Balss, 1922) (Decapoda: Majidae) larvae reared under different stocking densities, prey:larva ratios and diets. Aquaculture, 273:494–502. 2. Angel, C.A., 1991. The Mud Crab. Report of the Seminar on the Mud Crab Culture and Trade held at Swat Thani, Thailand, November 5-8,1991. 3. Celia, R. Lavilla-Pitogo and Leobert D. de la Pena, 2004. Diseases in Farmed Mud Crabs Scylla spp.: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Control. 4. John F. Wickins, Daniel O'C. Lee, 2002. Crustacean Farming: Ranching and Culture. 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Hardcover 464 pages. 5. Hamasaki, K., 2003. Effects of temperature on the egg incubation period, survival and developmental period of larvae of the mud crab Scylla serrata (Forskal) (Brachyura: Portunidae) reared in the laboratory. Aquaculture, 219: 561-572. 6. Holme, M.H., Zeng, C., Southgate, P.C., 2009. A review of recent progress toward development of a formulated microbound diet for mud crab, Scylla serrata, larvae and their nutritional requirements. Aquaculture, 286: 164-175. 7., 2006.Cultured Aquatic Species Information Programme Eriocheir sinensis (H. Milne-Edwards, 1853). 8. Shelley, C., 2008. Capture-based aquaculture of mud crabs (Scylla spp.). In A. Lovatelli and P.F. Holthus (eds). Capture-based aquaculture. Global overview. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 508. Rome, FAO. pp. 255–269. 9. Zmora, O., Findiesen, A., Stubblefield, J., Frenkel, V., Zohar, Y., 2005. Large-scale juvenile production of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus. Aquaculture, 244: 129-139.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination11414
Final Examination11414
Attending Lectures14228
Self Study148112
Individual Study for Homework Problems14228
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO15   5  
LO35   5  
LO75   5  
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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