Subject description for 2022/2023



Course description

The course will mainly focus on the farming of typical fish species from Northern Atlantic, especially salmon, halibut, cod and cleaner fishes. Environmental and ethical issues, modern technology, together with the state and challenges of farming will also be explored.


Admission to the course follows the admission requirement in the bachelor program in biology.


In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course:

Knowledge: The student will be able to:

  • Have an overview on fish adaptation to aquatic environment.
  • Have a broad knowledge on water quality and treatment, and their importance in production.
  • Have an overview on Norwegian aquaculture production, history, organisation and legislation, production volume and challenges on farmed species
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge of the general principles of farming including fish health management of salmon, Atlantic halibut, cod and cleaner fishes
  • Have an overview on production protocols of live feed and importance in larviculture.
  • Have insight in welfare aspects in aquaculture production, sustainability and main factors affecting seafood quality
  • Have knowledge of research and challenges in Norwegian aquaculture

Skills: The student should be able to:

  • Explain the principles used in the farming of actual species from egg to harvest
  • Update knowledge in the subject area.
  • Have a good command of relevant technics on a theoretical plan.

General competence:

The student should be able to:

  • Discuss actual challenges as welfare and sustainability in the aquaculture industry
  • Communicate central concepts both in written and oral form.

Course type

Compulsory: Joint Bachelor Degree in Animal Science

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

Lectures, lab work, field trips.

Course evaluation

Annual evaluations which are included in the university's quality assurance system.

Assessment and examinations

Written examination, 5 hours, grading scale Letter grades
  • Compulsory Participation - Laboratory and Excursion, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved/ Not approved.

Course literature

Follow this link for reading list and academic resources
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2022
Teaching language English ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø Faculty
Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture