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Aquaculture production and environmental impacts BIO5005

The course gives an overview of aquaculture production world wide,and the environmental effects of aquaculture production. Special emphasis is given to salmonid aquaculture, and how environmental effects are incorporated into legislation and drives technological development.

Aquaculture production and environmental impacts BIO5005

ECTS Credits 10
Level Graduate
Course type Optional for MSc in Bosciences.  Theoretical course.
Start semester Autumn 2020
Year of study 1st study year
Course location Bodø.
Faculty Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Teaching language English
Application deadline 7/1/2020

Course description

The course gives an overview of world aquaculture and its environemntal impacts. Special emphasis on salmonid aquaculture and how environmental effects are influencing legislation and technology development.


No costs except semester registration fee and syllabus literature.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding, The candidate should:

  • Have a broad knowledge on species used in aquaculture and how aquaculture operates worldwide
  • Have extensive knowledge on the ecological effects of aquaculture practices
  • Have extensive knowledge about the ecological effects of salmonid aquaculture and how regulation and technology development is being shaped to mitigate these effects
  • Have a broad knowledge on the ethical challenges for sustainable development in aquaculture

Skills, The candidate should:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge and relevant information from research on practical and/or theoretical topics linked to aquaculture and its environmental effects

General competence The candidate should:

  • Be able to communicate the most important issues, challenges and solutions within aquaculture and its environmental effects
  • Update their knowledge, exchange opinions and experiences, and promote a knowledge based opinion exchange


Admission to the course requires the same qualificatons as admission to the Master of Science in Biosciences.

Teaching activities and methods

Lectures and group work. The teaching is given in blocks, 2-3 days over 4 blocks.

Course evaluation

Mid-term oral evaluation with written report, electronic evaluation at the end of the semester.

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation (first instance 2020 autumn).
  • Assessment Task , worth 0/100 of the grade (first instance 2020 autumn).
  • Take- home examination, 1 Weeks, worth 100/100 of the grade (first instance 2020 autumn).

Overlapping courses

AK303F Aquaculture Practice and Principles - 10 study points.
BI321F Aquaculture Ecology - 10 study points.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto

Included in these studies



Nordic Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine Bioresources Master in Sustainable Production and Utilization of Marine BioresourcesMaster's degree (2 years)
Master in Biosciences in BiosciencesMaster's degree (2 years)