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Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Tech

Certificates: Tropical Ornamental Mariculture Technician (TOMT)

A Pathway To:
Marine Environmental Technology
Marine Ornamenteal Mariculture
Marine Aquaculture Technician
Aquarium Science/Technician
Transfer Institutions:
FKCC Marine Environmental Technology (AS Degree)
Nova Southeastern University

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.

First Year:


Spring Hours
Summer Hours
Business course: 
ENT 1000  Entrepreneurship
or GEB 1011 Intro to Business
3 OCB 2723C Nutrition of Mariculture Species 3 OCB 2905 Directed Individual Studies – TOMT Internships 4
OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology 3 FAS 1419 Aquaculture Best Management Practices 3    
OCB 2721C Survey of Mariculture 4 OCB 2724C Tropical Ornamental Mariculture 3    
OCB 2722C Mariculture Systems & Design 3 OCB 2725 Disease and Parasites of Mariculture Species 3    
    OCB 2725L Disease and Parasites of Mariculture Species (Lab) 1    
Total:  13 Total:  13  Total:  4
Overall total credit hours:       30   

For undergraduate admission to a state university, students must have earned two years of sequential foreign language at the high school level, or complete (with passing grades) at least 8 semester hours at a previous college or university (as required by Florida Statute 240.233).

The courses listed on this sheet 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 Dr. Patrick Rice.