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Study Aquaculture and Fisheries at Otago

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Overview

The market for seafood is huge, and growing fast, but stocks of fish are dropping dramatically due to overfishing, pollution and other human impacts. This is where Aquaculture and Fisheries Science come together.

A fishery is an organized effort to catch fish or other aquatic species. Most fisheries are based at sea rather than in fresh water. Fisheries science is the study of managing and understanding fisheries.

Aquaculture is the aquatic equivalent of agriculture - the production of aquatic species in land or sea based 'farms'. Aquaculture in New Zealand has undergone a huge expansion and now production of seacage salmon and greenlip mussels is a big part of our seafood industry.

Why study Aquaculture and Fisheries?

Fishing and fisheries are very important to New Zealand because of our fascination with the sea, and the importance of the ocean for food and trade. As fish stocks decline, aquaculture is an industry of growing importance to New Zealand. Our extensive coast line, much of it with sheltered bays and inlets, and our unpolluted water make this country particularly suited to seafood production from aquaculture.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries you will be well placed to work in a variety of positions within the industry.

You could join the Ministry of Primary Industries, which is responsible for managing our fish stocks, or join one of the many companies who catch the fish we eat or export. Some of these same companies are also involved in the culture of fish or shellfish and the growth of these to a marketable size.

You may help develop new products from fish or shellfish. Alternatively, you might join a science team for a regional council to help make local decisions on which coastal areas might be used for aquaculture, and how best to environmentally manage these areas.

If you wish to stay at University to learn more about aquaculture and fisheries science, or marketing and management of products, you could complete a Master of Science (MSc) or PhD, opening up wider job opportunities in a more senior scientist or management position.

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Contact details

Website Applied Science programme

Qualifications

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) majoring in Aquaculture and Fisheries

Year Papers Points
100-level

BIOL 112  Animal Biology

MARI 112  Global Marine Systems

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

Three of:
BIOL 123  Plants: How They Shape the World
CELS 191  Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 111  Chemistry: Molecular Architecture
CHEM 191  The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
EAOS 111  Earth and Ocean Science
ECOL 111  Ecology and Conservation of Diversity

18

18

18

54

200-level

MARI 202  Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology

AQFI 251 Principles of Aquaculture

Two of BTNY 203, CHEM 201, CHEM 204, CHEM 205, ECOL 211, ECOL 212, FOSC 201, FORS 201, GENE 222, GENE 223, OCEN 201, PHIL 235, STAT 210, SURV 208, ZOOL 221

18

18

36

300-level

AQFI 301 Field Methods for Assessment of Fisheries and Aquatic Habitats

AQFI 352 Fisheries Ecology

Two of CHEM 301, CHEM 304, CHEM 306, FORS 301, GENE 312, GENE 314, GENE 315, MARI 301, MARI 302, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 319

18

18

36

Plus

108 further points, including either requirements for an approved minor or approved second major subject or other approved papers

108

Total   360

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Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons)) in Aquaculture and Fisheries

Papers

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Minor Subject Requirements

Aquaculture and Fisheries as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MARI 112 Global Marine Systems

STAT 110 Statistical Methods, or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics

18

18

200-level

MARI 202 Marine Invertebrate Ecology and Biology

AQFI 251 Principles of Aquaculture

18

18

300-level

AQFI 301 Field Methods for Assessment of Fisheries and Aquatic Habitats

AQFI 352 Fisheries Ecology

18

18

Total   108

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