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Sustainability in Fish and Seafood Production

AFI33306

About this course

Through an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, students will be challenged to analyse the sustainability of fish and seafood production.
We question ourselves: what do we define as sustainable?
From a managerial point of view, the conceptual dimensions of sustainability will be discussed.
In terms of ecology, students gain insight in different impact categories fish on ecosystems.
The disciplines are brought together. In general, this course aims to educate the student about the challenges of making our food systems more sustainable, develop their critical thinking about the topic of sustainability and raise awareness of the roles and attitudes they can play as scientists, citizens, consumers, or future stakeholders in the value chain.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

  • explain the major environmental, social and economic challenges at different scales related to the sustainable development of fish aquaculture.
  • abstract the main characteristics of an aquaculture production system (environment, species, rearing technology and culture cycle), its inputs and outputs.
  • explain the cause-effect chain of environmental impacts from aquaculture production systems and suggest mitigation solutions.
  • illustrate circularity principles in aquaculture and understand the role of aquatic animals in a circular food system.
  • apply business model innovation and strategies to investigate social justice and economic viability in aquaculture production systems, value chains and food systems.
  • interpret the environmental, social and economic performances of aquaculture production systems at multiple scales/levels and identify potential tradeoffs among them.
  • apply foresight analysis to anticipate future changes and provide long-term recommendations related to the sustainable development of the aquaculture sector.

Teaching method and examination

  • individual written digital exam, counting for 40% of the final grade (open and closed questions);
  • case study report (groupwork) , counting for 40% of the final grade;
  • foresight analysis (individual and group work), counting for 20% of the final grade,
    Each component must be scored a 5.50 at least in order to pass the course.
    In order to complete the course, all field excursions and tutorials are mandatory.

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
Preferred knowledge is APS20806 Systems Approach in Animal Sciences

Link to more information

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Offering(s)

  • Start date

    10 februari 2025

    • Ends
      7 maart 2025
    • Term *
      Period 4
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    Enrolment starts in 46 days
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University