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Mariculture and the Environment



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-10 - 2021-06-04

Course contents

The course will emphasize the economic and social benefits of mariculture practices as well as their impact on marine ecosystems. Moreover, it will provide a general overview of mariculture, the interaction of cultured organisms with the marine ecosystem, and the development of new technologies to ensure seafood supply, animal welfare, and food safety. Through excursions to local mariculture facilities the students will learn operational processes, common rearing methods, daily routines, and how to perform environmental analyses in and around farms and facilities. Principles of circular economy will also be discussed.


Recommended pre-requisites

BIO404 Fisheries Oceanography, BIO407 Applied Fish Ecology and BIO405 Pollution of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students will

  • know the principles of mariculture of different taxonomic groups and how to rear the main marine species produced in Norway
  • be familiar with broodstock management practices and daily hatchery routines
  • know common animal welfare issues in mariculture and their solutions
  • know the resource constraints, future prospects, and solutions for fish feed
  • know about new rearing technologies, biological processes, and environmental interactions taking place around mariculture facilities
  • understand the genetic impact on wild stocks through interbreeding with escaped farmed animals
  • be able to perform critical evaluations of mariculture facilities and their impact on the local environment
  • have acquired an overview of current challenges and future opportunities of the mariculture activities
  • be familiar with Norwegian legislation and regulations in relation to mariculture activities
  • be able to discuss the socioeconomic benefits and consequences of mariculture activities as well as stakeholder conflicts


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