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AQFI421 Advanced Aquaculture and Fisheries

Current issues in aquaculture and fisheries with an emphasis on New Zealand, including biological and ecosystem considerations, cultivation, vital rates of populations, and management approaches and methods.

AQFI 421 is an intensive field-focused course in which students use standard methods to assess the status of fisheries and aquaculture systems. A five-day introductory series of lectures and laboratories is followed by an eight-day field course. The field course occurs in February, before first semester begins, so students must arrive in Dunedin early. This paper is entirely internally assessed. The field course is based at a marae and an introduction to tikanga (custom) and kawa (protocol) at the marae and around fisheries will be provided. Postgraduate students will assume mentoring roles for undergraduate students who are just learning the ropes. Methods for assessing growth in key species, commonly used monitoring designs and practical limitations presented when monitoring aquatic systems will be used.

Paper title Advanced Aquaculture and Fisheries
Paper code AQFI421
Subject Aquaculture and Fisheries
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 February 2023 - 3 June 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Course Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Hepburn (

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Hepburn


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students will master current issues in management of fisheries and ecosystems with an emphasis on New Zealand and approaches by indigenous people, including:

  • Human, biological and ecosystem consideration
  • Management approaches, methods and legislative frameworks
  • Ecosystem based and locally focused fisheries management
  • Contemporary approaches to environmental and resource management by Māori communities

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1st Non standard period (1 February 2023 - 3 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-16:50 4
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 4
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 4
Thursday 09:00-16:50 3
Friday 09:00-16:50 3
Saturday 09:00-16:50 3
Sunday 09:00-16:50 3


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-16:50 3
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 3
Thursday 09:00-16:50 4