It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016



Core course






Ioannis Karakassis, George Koumoundouros, Efthimia Antonopoulou 



Marine spatial planning (MSP) is an evolving idea, and one whose time has come. Ecosystem-based management is essentially place-based or area-based, and an important step in defining ‘‘place’’ is through the mapping of biophysical conditions and human uses in the oceans. In this course students will be introduced to fish farming in general as well as farming techniques. This course will especially focus on the biology of farmed fish and the interaction between environment and farm. This will be followed up by study of how regulations are set and comparison between established farm sites and new farm sites. Further, students will learn how to assess and evaluate environmental impact of fish farming. Adaptation to sustainability, or carrying capacity, is now basic to all aspects of social development. In aquaculture, the concept of carrying capacity is used in the sense of how much we can produce in an area without the environmental effects becoming more negative than we are prepared to accept. There is also a strong desire to introduce more species into aquaculture, so that we can exploit the unique opportunities that the coast offers for aquaculture. The industry will also be less vulnerable if it does not depend on just a few species. In the field of shellfish farming and ranching, we are studying the relationships between the environment, food availability and production. This will give us the new basic knowledge that we need to enable us to site and operate shellfish farms appropriately. The aim of the course is to give students an overview of sustainable aquaculture practices and well as the main challenges of the industry in terms of sustainability. 
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss on how key ecological concepts relate to ecosystem-based management
    in general.
  2. Explain the heterogeneity at various spatial scales and time frames.
  3. Describe the nature of population connectivity, interaction webs, biogeochemistry
    and the inherent complexity of marine ecosystems
  4. Understand of how fish farm is operated.
  5. Explain what state-of-the-art farming/breeding programs are used.
  6. Explain what common constrains are involved in farming fish.
  7. Outline main regulations and typical environmental monitoring schemes.
  8. Estimate farm output and carrying capacity in coastal areas.
Student's final grade will be based on class participation and discussions (25%); presentation of bibliography assignment (30%); and practical exercises and case study (45%).

Course outline-lectures 

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