AFI-20306 Aquaculture and Fisheries


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised40
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. JAJ Verreth
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. JAJ Verreth
dr. ir. JW Schrama
dr. ir. LAJ Nagelkerke
ing. EH Eding
prof. dr. AC Smaal
Examiner(s)prof. dr. JAJ Verreth

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Continuation courses:

AFI-30806 Fisheries Ecology; AFI-31306 Life History of Aquatic Organisms; AFI-31806 Aquaculture Production Systems; AFI-32306 Nutrition, Welfare and Reproduction in Aquaculture; AFI-32806 Marine Resources Management


Fish and other seafood are important components of the human food package. Its supply is secured through exploitation of the aquatic environment, either by extraction (capture fisheries) or by farming (aquaculture). This course gives an overview of the different forms and management opportunities of aquatic production. It gives an introduction in different methods to influence the production capacity of the animal (at organism and population level) and the possibilities and limits set by the aquatic environment to this capacity. Specific attention is given to sustainability aspects and an ecosystem approach of both aquaculture and capture fisheries. The course has a thematic structure, whereby each week is dedicated to another theme, such as, fisheries, fish culture, shellfish farming and the carrying capacity of coastal zones, growth, reproduction and welfare of fish, fish as element in water management, aquariology etcetera. In a series ' Voices from Society' guest speakers from the professional field, policy makers and NGOs will complete the course.
This course is also available as Distance Learning course; for more information see

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe and explain the different types of aquatic products available and their relative importance and distribution globally;
- demonstrate understanding of the role of aquatic products and production processes in the human food chain;
- describe how environmental factors influencing the quality and quantity of aquatic products produced under natural and culture conditions;
- demonstrate understanding how biological and ecological factors affect the production and wellbeing of aquatic organisms and populations;
- perform measurements on different types of aquatic organisms (fish, molluscs and corals) and explain variation in aquatic organisms between environments.


- follow lectures and study lecture notes;
- participate in lab exercises and study the exercise notes;
- participate in the tutorials, and study the tutorial notes.


The exam consists of a written exam, based on the content of both lectures, lab exercises and tutorials. Participation in the lab exercises and tutorials are mandatory and are a prerequisite to obtain the exam scores.


- study guide and course book for lecture part and tutorials will be handed out during the first lecture;
- course book for practical part;
- internet site, with course material.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBScB: Aquatic Organisms5MO
Compulsory for: WUMLRBSc Minor Marine Living Resources5MO