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Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

The content of the minor can be divided in four focus areas:

Marine Productivity and Exploitation
Focus on all aspects of productivity in marine ecosystems. We explore the extraordinary diversity of marine life during several practicals, while lectures and seminars provide elaboration on ecology and population dynamics.

Aquaculture – Research, Techniques and Economics
This topic includes all processes in the aquaculture commodity chain. We will visit several aquaculture companies and research institutes. The final product of this topic is a business plan, in which you can apply the skills and knowledge gained.

Fisheries – Research, Management and Economics
This topic is about sustainable harvesting from marine ecosystems, based on insight into fish population dynamics, the implementation of fisheries management and economics. A science-based debate and an essay, on current fisheries issues, form the end products.

Drivers for Sustainability in aquaculture and fisheries
How can aquaculture and fisheries contribute in feeding a growing world population sustainably? As a final assignment, you will write and present a report about your own vision into the future of fisheries and aquaculture.


At the end of this minor the student is able to:
1. Explain the history and development of fisheries
2. Explain the processes determining productivity in marine ecosystems.
3. Explain how life history traits of fish, crustaceans and shellfish affect the species ecology and vulnerability to fishing.
4. Explain the development of the fishing sector
5. Explain how several often used fishing techniques work
6. Explain how fishing affects the ecosystem.
7. Analyse relevant scientific literature.
8. Develop and present a poster.
9. Explain the requirements and husbandry of aquaculture species.
10. Explain how to manage water quality in aquaculture systems.
11. Explain how national and European legislation and regulations affects aquaculture.
12. Explain the issues surrounding aquaculture in coastal areas (ecology, economy, health and welfare related).
13. Propose possible solutions for these issues.
14. Compose an aquaculture business plan.
15. Explain history and development in fisheries management.
16. Interpret national, European and other international legislation and regulations with respect to fisheries.
17. Explain the economics of fisheries.
18. Apply concepts of fisheries population dynamics.
19. Formulate and apply a scientifically based point of view in both a debate and an essay on fisheries issues.
20. Explain the current innovations in sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture.
21. Answer a specific question from the work field using research.

Aanvullende informatie

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible (no later than 20 December 2019).


None, although some background in ecology and economy will be very useful.


See ‘’Inhoud/onderwerp’’
Farmplan (written, group, mark 0,1) weight 8
Practicals (practical, O/V) weight 1
Poster (written, group, mark 0,1) weight 3
Exam marine productivity (written, individual, mark 0,1) weight 5
Exam fisheries management (written, individual, mark 0,1) weight 5
Research (written, group, mark 0,1) weight 8


Marine Ecology: Kaiser, M.J. et al, Oxford University Press ISBN 9780199227020Jennings, S., Kaiser, M., Reynolds, J.D., Marine Fisheries Ecology, Blackwell Science Inc. ISBN-10: 0632050985

Check moodlerooms for information about additional literature.


(Interactive/guest) lectures 105 sbu
Poster 60 sbu
Seminars 100 sbu
Discussions 30 sbu
Excursions 90 sbu
Group work 100 sbu
Research 200 sbu
Self-study 140 sbu