Informatie over minors
Sustainable Fisheries and AquacultureMinor


Module code LKZ330VE1
Minor title Dutch Duurzame Visserij en Aquacultuur
Minor title English Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
Study Programme Kust- en Zeemanagement
Competence(s) Project manager, Applied researcher, Mediator
Level 3
Educational Goals At the end of this minor the student:
  1. Explain the history and development of fisheries
  2. Explain the processes determining productivity in marine ecosystems.
  3. Explain how life history traits of fish, crustaceans and shellfish affect the species ecology and vulnerability to fishing.
  4. Explain the development of the fishing sector
  5. Explain how several often used fishing techniques work
  6. Explain how fishing affects the ecosystem.
  7. Analyse relevant scientific literature.
  8. Develop and present a poster.
  9. Explain the requirements and husbandry of aquaculture species.
  10. Explain how to manage water quality in aquaculture systems.
  11. Explain how national and European legislation and regulations affects aquaculture.
  12. Explain the issues surrounding aquaculture in coastal areas (ecology, economy, health and welfare related).
  13. Propose possible solutions for these issues.
  14. Compose an aquaculture business plan.
  15. Explain history and development in fisheries management.
  16. Interpret national, European and other international legislation and regulations with respect to fisheries.
  17. Explain the economics of fisheries.
  18. Apply concepts of fisheries population dynamics.
  19. Formulate and apply a scientifically based point of view in both a debate and an essay on fisheries issues.
  20. Explain the current innovations in sustainability in fisheries and aquaculture.
Answer a specific question from the work field using research.
Content/subject The sea has provided us with food for decades. Today, 180 million tons of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and algae are caught or farmed every year. But the wealth of the sea is not infinite. The aquaculture production is increasing, with innovative production systems on the land or in the water, and for different species. But those systems require responsible management as well.
In this minor you will focus on how to sustainably manage our fisheries and the aquaculture sector. You will learn about marine ecosystems and the productivity of these ecosystems. You will explore the extraordinary diversity of marine life during several practicals. These and guest lectures, excursions and (work) lectures provide a diverse study program.
Also scheduled are visits to several aquaculture companies and research institutes. You will produce a business plan yourself, in which you can apply the skills and knowledge gained. Another part of the minor focuses on sustainable harvesting from marine ecosystems. This is based on insight into fish population dynamics, the implementation of fisheries management and economics.
Finally you will think about the question how aquaculture and fisheries can contribute to sustainable feeding people. You will present your own vision into the future of fisheries and aquaculture.
Target audience* You are interested in aquaculture and fisheries and have  first-year transcript of a university (of applied sciences)
Added Value* Students will learn about the possibilities, the management and innovations in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. The aim is to secure the food production the sea offers. Students will deepen their insights in managing marine ecosystems in a responsible way. Immersing themselves in biological, socio-economic and policy related topics.
Teaching method(s) and study load (Interactive/guest) lectures                                                                          105 sbu
Poster                                                                                                            60 sbu
Seminars                                                                                                     100 sbu
Discussions                                                                                                   30 sbu
Excursions                                                                                                    90 sbu
Group work                                                                                                 100 sbu
Research                                                                                                    200 sbu
Self-study                                                                                                   140 sbu
Rating scale Grade (scale 1-10, level of detail 0,1)
Exams / Tests / Essays See ‘’Inhoud/onderwerp’’
Farmplan (written, group, mark 0,1)                                                            weight 8
Practicals (practical, O/V)                                                                            weight 1
Poster (written, group, mark 0,1)                                                                weight 3
Exam marine productivity (written, individual, mark 0,1)                            weight 5
Exam fisheries management (written, individual, mark 0,1)                       weight 5
Research (written, group, mark 0,1)                                                           weight 8
Literature and other necessities​ Marine Ecology: Kaiser, M.J. et al, Oxford University Press ISBN 9780199227020
Jennings, S., Kaiser, M., Reynolds, J.D., Marine Fisheries Ecology, Blackwell Science Inc. ISBN-10: 0632050985
Check blackboard for information about additional literature.
Minor coordinator
Contact person for additional information​*
Language of tuition​ English
Study points (credits)​ 30
Form of instruction​* Fulltime
Available in the following study terms:​  Period 3
 Period 4
Start application*  
Deadline application* 1-2-2022
Obligatory contact hours​* The amount of contact hours differs from week to week.
Admission conditions for VHL students​ None, although some background in ecology and economy will be very useful. 
Admission conditions for external students* None, although some background in ecology and economy will be very useful.
Application documents​* nvt
Maximum No. of participants / Waiting list​ 25
Contactpersoon MLC Heemstra (tel: 0582846281, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture 2021