Global climate change affects living resources in coastal areas, seas and oceans and influences the balance between resources, their exploitation and other ecosystem services. A sustainable, responsible exploitation of marine resources requires also regulatory frameworks and proper governance. The BSc Minor Marine Living Resources (24 credits) focuses on the use and management of living resources in aquatic ecosystems with a particular focus on coastal zones, seas and oceans. It provides an integrated and comprehensive introduction in the biology, ecology and living conditions of the organisms living in the sea; the complex interactions between (marine) life and it's biotic physical and chemical environment; the use and management of these resources for food, nature conservation or recreation and the social-ecological dimensions of governance processes for seas and oceans. It integrates concepts and analytical techniques from different scientific areas such as marine biology, marine ecology, aquaculture and fisheries and marine policy. The minor offers a window for undergraduate students prepare to for an admission to the MSc programme Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAF) at Wageningen University or for a potential specialization at MSc level in the area of Marine Biology, Marine Governance and/or Marine Biotechnology in other MSc programmes at Wageningen University.
After successful completion of this minor students are expected to be able to:
- understand the biological, ecological, technological and socio-economic key disciplines related to marine life, its use and exploitation and sustainable management of marine resources;
- understand the morphological, physiological, behavioural and ecological adaptations of marine organisms and how they contribute to complex ecosystem functions;
- understand how both natural and human induced changes and governance affect marine resources; - analyze and measure marine organisms, marine ecosystem processes, complex marine ecosystem and fisheries problems, and governance issues;
- integrate and use knowledge and skills of the mentioned disciplines in specific cases of coastal and marine resources exploration, exploitation and management.
BSc Minor Coordinator
Prof. J.A.J. Verreth
This minor is interesting for all BSc students with VWO-level Biology; the minor is not open for students from BDW-B (aquatic).
Components of the BSc Minor