Programme of the First Part of the Master  


Introduction (1 ECTS)
  • Relevance of aquaculture; current status of the various production categories; Aquaculture evolution in geographic regions
Nutrition in marine aquaculture (12 ECTS)
  • Physiology of nutrition; Nutrient requirements and diet ingredients: lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and min erals; Nutritional energetics
Health in marine aquaculture (12 ECTS)
  • Animal welfare in aquaculture; General and specific anatomo-pathology of cultured fish; Immunology; Viral, bacterial, parasitic, fungal and non-infectious diseases; Prevention and treatment of diseases
Reproduction (4 ECTS)
  • Physiology and control of reproduction in molluscs, crustaceans and teleosteans; Induced reproduction; Feeding and nut ritional requirements of broodstock, broodstock management and design of facilities
Genetic improvement in marine culture (6 ECTS)
  • Population genetics; Quantitative genetics; Biotechnology; Breeding programmes
Engineering systems (3 ECTS)
  • Water delivery systems; Pumping systems; Aeration and oxygenation systems; Design of hatchery, nursery and on-growing facilities
Economics and management (3 ECTS)
  • Economic assessment of aquaculture projects; Design and development of aquaculture projects, feasibility studies; Marketing and commercialization; Management of research projects
Hatchery techniques (8 ECTS)
  • Applied concepts of biology and physiology; Algae and live feed cultures; Production techniques
On-growing techniques (5 ECTS)
  • On-growing in extensive systems; On-growing in intensive land-based systems; On-growing in intensive sea-based systems; Nutrition and product quality
Culture techniques of selected species (3 ECTS)
  • Microalgae, mussels, oysters, clams and cockles, scallops, peneids and Machrobrachium, catfish, tilapia, tents, salmonids, halibut, turbot, sea bass and sea bream; New species culture; Alternative culture systems; Aquarium fish
Aquaculture and environment (3 ECTS)
  • Aquaculture and the environment; Biodiversity associated with marine aquaculture; Sustainability of marine aquaculture; Conduct codes; Aquaculture as a tool for preserving endangered species


Lectures are complemented with practical work on fish farms and laboratories and with technical visits.