Aquaculture online Course
Fish are considered as one of the healthiest foods available for humans, certainly one of the reasons why farming finfish as well as shellfish and aquatic plants are part of one of the world's fastest growing food sectors. Aquaculture already provides the planet with about half of all the fish we eat. However, in the EU, overall output has been more or less constant in volume since 2000 whereas global production has been growing at nearly 7% per year. Consequently, about 60% of the fish, which is consumed in the EU, has to be imported.
The EU aquaculture sector has a significant growth potential and can offer topquality products which comply with the highest standards for consumer health, environmental protection and animal welfare. To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the European Commission has issued strategic guidelines, cooperating with Member States and stakeholders in overcoming the challenges facing the sector.
To meet the challenge of an increasing aquaculture production in the EU, more welleducated specialist and wellinformed consumers are required. Thus, an important requirement is to strengthen education in the field of aquaculture. Aquatnet III (a network of European universities that provide aquaculture education) has developed an introductory online course, designed to provide an overview of aquaculture and the common species cultured in Europe and their related production methods. The online course is designed to provide basic principles of aquaculture including fish biology, culture system design, feeding, handling, water quality management and legislation.
In summary, the purpose of this online course is to open the door to aquaculture for master level students who want a foundation in aquaculture principles to apply towards more advanced coursework in aquaculture or other aquatic sciences, or to prepare for graduate research and a career in aquaculture.
This material has been produced as an output of the AQUA-TNET project which has received funding support from the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme. The content reflects the views only of the author(s) and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein. The work is released under a Creative Commons Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence, although any elements (such as graphics) that may be covered by individual copyright licenses retain that original licence. You are free to adapt this work and use it for non-commercial purposes provided you retain this notice and the terms that it provides.
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