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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 (4 February 2020 - 17 June 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,333.93
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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Course Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Hepburn (

Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Chris Hepburn
Teaching Fellow: Dr Pete Russell
Text books 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 Aquaculture and Fisheries with an emphasis on New Zealand, including:
  • Biological and ecosystem consideration
  • Cultivation
  • Vital rates of populations
  • Management approaches and methods

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1st Non standard period (4 February 2020 - 17 June 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system