Declining fisheries catches and a growing consumer demand for a diverse range of safe and high-quality aquatic products, is putting a lot of pressure on the natural resources. This explains the extraordinary expansion of aquaculture activities around the world. Due to the diversity of species grown, production systems, and the fragility of the early larval stages, aquaculture science demands a multidisciplinary approach to cope with this complexity.
The MSc in Aquaculture, organized by the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center at Ghent University, calls upon recognized aquaculture experts to educate and train students from Europe and third countries and to introduce them to the principles of sustainable development of aquaculture.
The Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center of Ghent University has a long-standing worldwide reputation in the field of education and training in aquaculture.
The learning outcomes of IMAQUA are formulated as follows. A student:
possesses a broad knowledge at an advanced level in a number of basic disciplines (biology, ecology, pathology, genetics, zootechnology, nutrition, management, economics and statistics) relevant to aquaculture;
understands the processes ongoing in different forms and systems of aquatic production;
has acquired a broad knowledge on the production of aquatic organisms;
can analyze the interactions between biological production systems and the natural resources and the socio-economic context in a systems approach;
can identify interactions between human activity, environmental conditions and exploitation of aquatic production systems, and can implement potential mitigating interventions;
can draw and implement strategies for future development in the aquaculture industry;
can understand and communicate with the industry, and is familiar with the practicalities of commercial ventures;
has acquired a scientific approach to formulate and test hypotheses, to design research protocols, and to collect and analyze data;
understands the ethical considerations of animal production and experimentation;
is able to present personal research, thoughts, ideas, and research proposals in a suitable way, both written and orally, to peers and to a general public.