Specialisation Aquaculture

The specialisation Aquaculture deals with the culture of numerous aquatic organisms (such as finfish, shrimp, shellfish, ornamental fish, corals, sponges and algae) in a wide range of culture environments (from sea enclosures to semi-extensive ponds and high-tech recirculation systems).

What will you learn?

In this specialisation you will learn to design optimal and sustainable production systems of fish and other aquatic organisms in a global perspective. You will learn about the culture finfish, shrimp, shellfish, ornamental fish, corals, sponges and algae. These organisms can be cultured in a wide range of culture environments: from sea enclosures to semi-extensive ponds and high-tech recirculation systems.

You will require the knowledge and skills to maintain the biological, physical and chemical integrity of water bodies. Moreover, you will learn about animal physiology and economic and social driving factors of aquaculture.

Check the online study handbook for more information on the courses in this specialisation.

Thesis examples

Some thesis examples for the specialisation Aquaculture:

  • Using the microbial food web in a pond to utilize non-conventional products, food waste and agricultural by-products as feed ingredients.
  • The regulation of gametogenesis and the evolution of different reproductive modes in fish.
  • Unravelling how feed additives modulate the immune system and improve fish health.
  • Understanding patterns of variation during evolution or domestication of fish using whole-genome bioinformatics approaches.