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Subject : Aquaculture and Fisheries (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years

Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008

Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)

Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The Aquaculture and Fisheries programme studies the management of living resources in seas, rivers and lakes with the aim of producing human food and conserving natural aquatic reserves as part of an overall plan for marine governance, or providing recreation.

Fish are traditionally harvested from their natural habitats by capture fisheries. At present, global fish resources are being exploited to their maximum or even beyond; as a result, strict management regula tions to safeguard future marine resources are required. Aquaculture (the culture of aquatic organisms) can provide an alternative method to meet the growing demand for fish products. Fish are also an increasingly important asset for human recreation in two areas: sport fishing and ornamental fish. Both sectors require specific manage ment policies and knowledge of animal behaviour and biology.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries programme aims to train skilled and qualified professionals in the fields of aquaculture, fisheries and related areas by providing them with the skills to develop, support and maintain sustainable forms of aquaculture, fisheries and fish stock management.

Graduates of this programme will have:

firm understanding of the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms and ecosystems and of the theory behind the basic disciplines of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resource management;

skills in techniques and methods for analysing and solving technical problems in the above- mentioned fields;

the intellectual capacity needed to develop and test scientific hypotheses and to report the results to colleagues and society;

capability of working in multidisciplinary teams;

capability of understanding the environmental, ethical and societal context of their profession.

There are four specialisations:

Aquaculture, deals with the culture of aquatic organisms and requires thorough knowledge of the biology, physiology and ecology of the cultured animals.

Fisheries - Basic disciplines in this specialisation are fish population dynamics, fish ecology, aquatic ecology and statistical analyses of multi-annual catch and effort data.

Coastal Zone and Wetland Management, focuses on spatial and temporal patterns in hydrodynamics, ecosystem changes and food web dynamics.

Game and Ornamental Fisheries - In Europe, ornamental fish now rank third in popularity behind house pets and horses. However, little is known about the basic biology and needs of many of these ornamental species. Moreover, with millions of sport fishermen all over Europe, sport fisheries fill a very important societal role.

Admission Requirements:

BSc in animal science, biology, fisheries, marine science, veterinary science, aquatic science, aquatic eco-technology, or related fields.

TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5