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Unit Overview


Aquaculture is a rapidly growing industry and set to be transformed over coming decades as it becomes a potential alternative to meet global protein requirements. The development of aquaculture has made a great contribution to the supply of fish for human consumption in highly populated countries such as India and China and globally, about half of the fish available for human consumption are the products of aquaculture and most originates from Asia. Aquaculture however also can cause environmental impacts that need to be carefully managed for sustainable coastal development. The first part of this unit covers geographical trends in aquaculture, considering the environments used, the varied types of aquaculture being employed and the science of different aquaculture systems. The second part of the unit looks at environmental impacts (eg from waste inputs) and approaches to reduce impacts. The final part of the unit then explores socio-economic drivers of the aquaculture industry and case studies of different communities using aquaculture to support the regional economy.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically evaluate the relationship between inputs and outputs in food systems and the associated opportunities and challenges facing global food production.; (2) define the priorities and challenges of operationalising the blue economy and the potential importance of new industries in Australia; (3) describe the principles and practices of aquaculture, summarising the different technologies used across the industry; (4) analyse the economic and environmental factors of food systems and how these activities are implemented and regulated across regions; and (5) apply a systems thinking approach to food systems and blue economy development, where knowledge from different disciplines is integrated to identify solutions to current issues.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) workshop assignments; (2) environmental impact assessment report; and (3) case study report & presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Katarina Helena Doughty
Unit rules
Enrolment in
71580 Master of Biotechnology
or 72530 Master of Environmental Science
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
or 72520 Master of Biological Science
Advisable prior study
SCIE5505 Global Change and the Marine Environment
Contact hours
Lectures: 20 x 1hr (Online and Face to Face)
Workshops: 3 x 3hr (Face to Face)
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