Certificate: Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician

Tropical marine aquaculture is increasingly used for conservation efforts focused on coral reef species and coral restoration projects. Increasing environmental concerns over global degradation of many tropical marine coral reef ecosystems, and specifically Florida Keys coral reef ecosystems necessitates the need for immediate education of qualified tropical marine aquaculture technicians. The Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician (TOMT) certificate is designed to develop marine ornamental entrepreneurs and provide technician level marine aquaculture skills that will help fill the marine aquaculture jobs of the future while helping supply the demand for oceanic resources from a cultured environment and not the ocean.

Required Courses – 30 total credit hours

  • ENT 1000  Entrepreneurship or GEB 1011 Intro to Business (3)
  • OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
  • OCB 2721C Survey of Mariculture (4)
  • OCB 2722C Mariculture Systems & Design (3)
  • FAS 1419 Aquaculture Best Management Practices (3)
  • OCB 2723C Nutrition of Mariculture Species (3)
  • OCB 2724C Tropical Ornamental Mariculture (3)
  • OCB 2725 Disease and Parasites of Mariculture Species (3)
  • OCB 2725L Disease and Parasites of Mariculture Species Lab (1)
  •  OCB 2905 Directed Individual Studies – TOMT Internships (4)

The courses listed above are only a guide.  Following these tracks does not guarantee admission into a university.  Course requirements may change each year.  You are responsible and encouraged to work closely with your advisor. For more information, contact the Office of Advising Services at 305-809-3196 or Dr. Mick Walsh, (305) 809-3205 or michelle.walsh@fkcc.edu