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Introduction to RAS

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The Introduction to RAS course is a primer on all things RAS. The first module defines important terminology and provides summary coverage of water treatment utilized in RAS. The second module introduces key water quality for maintaining good fish health and welfare in RAS and the related basics in chemistry and physiology.

Module 1: Introduction to RAS
Module 2: RAS Culture Environment


Instructors: Brian Vinci, Chris Good

Brian J. Vinci works as the Director of the Freshwater Institute. He is responsible for management and administration of the Institute’s day-to-day operations, as well as program delivery, communications, fundraising and development. He holds a Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering, a Master of Engineering in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University (New York, USA). He has been a USDA National Needs Program Doctoral Fellow, a Cornell University Master of Engineering Program Fellow, a USAID Technical Consultant and a Past-President and Director of the Aquacultural Engineering Society.


Christopher M. Good is the Director of Research at The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute. Chris earned his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) and went on to earn his M.Sc., D.V.M. and Ph.D. from the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada). He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (2017–), and a Certified Aquatic Veterinarian with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (2014–).