Aquaculture is a fast growing sector, especially in Asia. Growth has often come with detrimental ecological and social impacts. In other parts of the world, the aquaculture sector has difficulties taking off. This course learns professionals involved in aquaculture sector development with making sector management plans for a certain region or ecosystem that take ecological, socio-economic and governance aspects into consideration. It informs you about the possibilities of more intensive aquaculture techniques such as recirculation systems, better management practices and environmental certification standards that are growing in importance in the western food market.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Learn how to make aquaculture management plans for an area using the FAO ecosystem approach to aquaculture;
- Gain up-to-date insights about the possibilities and design principles of more intensive aquaculture techniques such as recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS);
- Be familiar with better management practices and with certification standards.
For who is this course?
The course is intended for mid-career professionals, dealing with aquaculture development in developing countries, for example policy makers, civil servants, researchers, teachers, extension officers, farm managers, NGO staff members and private sector representatives. Participants need to have a relevant education and at least 3 years of work experience in aquaculture. Proficiency in English is required.
Course programme in more detail
On a global scale aquaculture has been growing steadily over the past decades. The number of products resulting from aquaculture is soon expected to overtake the number of products supplied by capture fisheries. Besides from an increasing world population, the global demand for fish or aquatic products is also driven by a growing awareness of the positive impact of consumption of fish and other aquatic products on human health due to the presence of unsaturated fatty acids, micro-nutrients and high protein level. In Europe and North America the local production is not sufficient to meet the demand for fishery products. Fish and other seafood have become very important export commodities for Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand and other countries. Especially in East, South and S.E. Asia aquaculture is a well-established and fast-growing sector; these regions together contribute 88% to the global aquaculture production (FAO, 2014).
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course 'Responsible Aquaculture Development'. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.