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ZO5303: AQUACULTURE (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Samuel Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)
  • One of MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or Master Of Science In Ecology & Conservation or MSci Biological Sciences

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

36 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Continuous assessment with one essay (2,500 words)

Formative Assessment




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