Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 17:54
Aquaculture now supplies approximately 50% of all marine food consumed by humans. Farming of fish and shellfish is the fastest growing food production industry in the world and is predicted to continue grow over the next few decades, within Scotland salmon is the second largest food export. The demand from the growing human population for high quality food and fish paralleled by the over exploitation of wild fish stocks is driving the expansion of aquaculture. There are many issues with fish farming including disease control, feeding, controlling life histories, genetics and the environmental load.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)|
We will examine what the limitations are to aquaculture, including how the farming of fish and shell fish can continue to grow but at the same time minimizing the impact on the marine environment. What strategies are used to control disease? How is modern genetics used to select for fish that grow well in farmed conditions? What do the farmed fish eat and how can new diets be developed that do not use wild sourced fish. This is an interactive course with expert lecturers, two days are spent at the Marine laboratory, Marine Science Scotland where students get a feel for some key aspects of fish health.
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.