Mariculture and the Environment

The course will emphasize the economic and social benefits of mariculture practices as well as their impact on marine ecosystems. Moreover, it will provide a general overview of mariculture, the interaction of cultured organisms with the marine ecosystem, and the development of new technologies to ensure seafood supply, animal welfare, and food safety. Through excursions to local mariculture facilities the students will learn operational processes, common rearing methods, daily routines, and how to perform environmental analyses in and around farms and facilities. Principles of circular economy will also be discussed.