Fish Farming Practice in Belarus
Arina Dereviannykh, the 3rd year student of the program “Aquatic Bioresources and Aquaculture” of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies of PetrSU, took practical training in fish farming at Belarusian State Academy of Agriculture.
The educational and research program was eventful and insightful.
The student learned about the activities of the Department of Ichthyology and Fish Farming, studied the structure and functions of a fish farm, met students and took part in the international research and practice conference “Contemporary Issues of Intensive Development of Livestock Production”.
During the practical training at a fish farm the student from PetrSU was involved in roe incubation, fry growth of rainbow trout, studied the technological cycle of the production, measured temperature and oxygen level in the ponds, saw the stock of sturgeons, performed sex determination in fish using biopsy and evaluated the maturity degree of sturgeon spawns with ultrasound.
“This is a rewarding experience. I was lucky to observe the biopsy of sturgeons. This farm grows sturgeons in small numbers for scientific purposes and this proves its comprehensive work. I liked that at the sites of the farm students grow aquarium fish within project and research activities. I was impressed by the spacious aquariums with large fish, namely with African catfish. Alongside fish I took interest in seeing other hydrobionts: Madagascar cockroaches, spiders, and turtles,” shared her impressions Arina.
The practical training took place within the Agreement on Cooperation between Petrozavodsk State University and Belarusian State Academy of Agriculture. The next step in the cooperation is a visit of the Academy student to PetrSU who will undertake practical training at one of the trout farms in Karelia.