autumn 2016

BIO-2508 Aquaculture I - 10 ECTS

Last changed: 29.04.2017

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Concerns only admission to singular courses.Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical subject. The course is available for students at the study program Akvamedisin, Biologi, klima og miljø, Fiskeri- og havbruksvitenskap, Miljøledelse og forurensningsbiologi. The course is also available to exchange students at a biology study program. The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Nordic applicants: Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Application code: 9336

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -  

All applicants: The course requires basic knowledge in biology and ecology at university level. Basic knowledge in chemistry and mathematics is an advantage.

Course content

The course is an introduction to culture of aquatic organisms. Emphasis is put on species that are common to the Norwegian aquaculture industry, but aquaculture in temperate and tropical areas will also be covered. The lectures focus mainly on production of juveniles, breeding/genetics, feed and nutrition, and fish health.

Recommended prerequisites

BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biology

Objectives of the course

The course will give students an introduction to the culture of aquatic organisms, based on biological and technological prerequisites for individual species.


Students having completed Bio-2508 Aquaculture I:

  • Have broad theoretical knowledge on world aquaculture productions, from cultured plants to fish
  • Can describe farming techniques of species common to the Norwegian aquaculture industry
  • Have knowledge on basic principles of fish breeding, nutrition and health.
  • Have understanding of hatchery techniques based on the biological and technological prerequisitesfor individual species.
  • Are able to read and understand scientific literature

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and excursion. Necessary safety training will be given.


Four hour written exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail. The excursion is mandatory. Coursework requirement: Excursion report. In order to sit an examination, the student must complete and gain approval for any coursework requirements.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Date for examination

One written 02.12.2016

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

BIO-3557 Fisheries ecology 2 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus



Siv Andreassen

Head of office
Phone: +4777646381


Jo Espen Tau Strand

Associate Professor
Phone: +4778450488