Postgraduate course

Environmental Impact of Aquaculture

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO208
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is based on lectures, seminars and assignments and will describe the environmental impact of aquaculture on a global scale. While most of the course will concentrate on the impact of intensive cold water aquaculture, the environmental impact of aquaculture in developing countries will also be covered. The course will cover a wide spectrum of environmental issues resulting from expanding global aquaculture. These will include the competition for natural resources and the impact of direct organic pollution. The impact of aquaculture in developing countries will be covered, in particular concerning the loss of coastal zone habitats. The course will deal in depth with the impact of intensive aquaculture on wild fish populations, including the transfer of disease and parasites (sealice), the impact of escaped fish, and the threats and benefits of GM fish. The environmental impact of industrial fishing and fishmeal production will also be covered. Finally, the course will touch on the introduction of new feeds and reduced-waste technologies, and the benefits of re-circulating production systems.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to give the students an understanding of the impact of aquaculture on a global scale.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Basic subjects of Bachelor's in Biology

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

 Seminar and lectures.

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation of written assignments and exercises (50%) and written examination.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written (tske-home) examination

    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam