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Besides learning the syllabus, students are expected to develop critical thinking and be able to integrate knowledge and demonstrate competence in oral and in written communication of their knowledge, opinions and expertise. Three general learning outcomes were defined which should be achieved throughout the semester:

1. Mastering terminologies, concepts and methodologies related to aquaculture;

2. Describe and understand the mechanisms involved in the production and development of aquatic organisms in natural or artificial systems;

3) Discuss and analyze the impact of aquaculture on marine ecosystems, safeguarding the importance of good management and legislation that support the implementation and maintenance of any system of aquatic production in a sustained manner


1. History of aquaculture, its development and its current situation worldwide and at the national level.

2. Terminologies and concepts related to aquaculture. Production goals. Cropping systems (open, semi-closed, closed). Types of culture (extensive, semi-intensive, intensive) and their characterization.

3. Different cultures (algae, invertebrates, fish): objectives, seed, culture media, cultivation conditions and techniques.

4. Impact of aquaculture on marine ecosystems. The importance and need of a good resource management.

5. Analysis of existing legislation. Biological and economic efficiency of aquaculture.

Teaching Methodologies

The teaching methodology comprises lectures and practical classes. Classes include lecturing and interactive components. Students are encouraged to read, analyse and discuss specific papers and literature reviews on the subject. Classes will provide students with the knowledge and concepts related to the course theme. The consolidation, integration and application of knowledge acquired by students will be achieved by preparing a proposal for the aquaculture of a given resource to be defined at the beginning of the school year. Students will be guided in their research, and in the treatment, analysis and presentation (written and oral) of the information gathered.


Andersen RA (Ed.), 2005. Algal culturing techniques. Elsevier Academic Press. ix+578pp.

Avault Jr. JW, 1996. Fundamentals of Aquaculture: A Step-By-Step Guide to Commercial Aquaculture. AVA Pub. Co. 889 pp.

Engle CR, 2010. Aquaculture Economics and Financing: Management and Analysis. Wiley-Blackwell. 272 pp.

Landau, M. 1992. Introduction to aquaculture. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., NY. xv+440p. LEA 591.9 L242 i - 73314

Lucas JS & Southgate PC (Eds), 2003. Aquaculture: Farming Aquatic Animals and Plants. Wiley-Blackwell. 512 pp.

Pillay TVR & Kutty MN, 2005. Aquaculture: Principles and Practices. Blackwell Pub. 624 pp.

Shumway SE (Ed.), 2011. Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment. Wiley-Blackwell. 528 pp.

Tidwell JH, 2012. Aquaculture Production Systems. Wiley-Blackwell. 440 pp



ECTS Credits



  • Práticas e Laboratórios - 30 hours
  • Teórico-Práticas - 30 hours