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Education in the Field of Aquaculture

International Master Programme and E-learning Courses

An important aspect of the AQUAFIMA project is to strengthen education in the field of aquaculture. Different educational levels were looked at and strategies developed in order to inform, educate or even qualify interested groups. Higher education guarantees the qualification of people and is also the basis for research and development within the aquaculture industry. In the Baltic Sea Region only a little number of study programmes is dedicated to aquaculture itself but merely merge different fields like marine biology, fishery science and engineering. Thus, a clear programme focusing on the aquaculture production and necessities is seldom existent. Therefore, the AQUAFIMA partnership has worked on a concept for an international master programme that relies on the bachelor education at the various universities and enables students to study on a self-instruction basis. This may be realized with the help of e-learning courses and additional material and by using active educational measures. Further information can be found here:

International Master Programme and E-learning courses

Overview of existing curricula and derived basis curriculum

In-Service Training Courses for Practitioners in the Aquaculture and Fisheries Sector

In-service training is an important form of qualifying employees on the job. The Institute of Aquaculture and Sea-Ranching at Rostock University developed an in-service training course focusing on native fish diseases and especially parasites. The material was used to host a one day course in the field of `Parasites of native freshwater fishes”. The training schedule includes a theoretical instruction and presentation phase and a more practical phase in the laboratory. The course was mainly targeted to people from the administration level, students and practitioners in the field of aquaculture and members of associations. The theoretical instruction was prepared in German and English. The in-service training course can be adapted to country specific circumstances and special learning interests of the target groups (as has been done in Estonia with the in-service training course on “Basics on fish and crayfish farming in Estonia”).  Further information can be found here:

In-service training material_english

In-service training material_german