About the Aquaculture and Fisheries Group

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Group has a characteristic Wageningen Profile . Its research and education is traditionally inspired by society and industry developments and is strongly internationally oriented. It attempts to apply an interdisciplinary, innovative approach to research and education, yet at the same time, it focuses on basic processes and general principles, rather than the immediate application.

Our vision:

AFI contributes, now and in the future, to sustainable fish production in a world where demands for seafood are rising to unprecedented levels. To meet these increased demands, while safeguarding environmental sustainability, we need innovations that use principles of animal biology and ecology and build on the potential of aquatic ecosystems.

Our mission:

To explore the potential of aquatic animals and aquatic ecosystems for sustainable fish production through academic research and training.

Our objectives: 

  • contribute to sustainable fish production and resilient aquatic ecosystems through MSc and PhD training and research;
  • understand the resilience of aquaculture production systems and of the farmed animals by studying the interaction among animal, feed/food, and environmental factors;
  • understand the interaction among food web, fish community, and fisheries in exploited aquatic ecosystems

Our Strategy:

It is AFI’s ambition to have a strong international position. We follow the strategy, therefore, to “be present where it matters”. This strategy requires AFI to collaborate with leaders in academia and industry, and to work on societal hotspots for our domain, such as pangasius and shrimp farming, tuna fishery, Lake Victoria Nile Perch fishery, and coral restoration. Our integrative scientific approach helps us to develop concepts for ecosystem based approaches in aquaculture and fisheries. The implementation of these approaches in their socio-ecological context is studied in collaboration with colleagues from social and environmental sciences. 

A strong team spirit and academic atmosphere in the group is a key factor for success. To create a stimulating academic environment, PhD and staff have weekly presentations by MSc students, and monthly meetings on the progress of research. Initiatives for projects and general strategies are discussed in monthly meetings of faculty staff.