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An Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture 

Alarming headlines about the dire state of the world's oceans have become common, and overfishing is known to be one of the most important threats facing the Mediterranean Sea. Aquaculture is sometimes hailed as a solution to the continuing overexploitation of fish resources, but the industry faces many challenges and public perception of the fish farming in the Maltese Islands is often negative.  

Are you interested in learning more about how the fishing and aquaculture industries operate, the impacts these industries have on the marine environment, how such impacts can be monitored and managed, and the current approaches to fisheries management in the Maltese Islands? Then join us for a short evening course entitled 'An Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture'!  

Topics covered in the course include: 
  • Global aquaculture practices
  • Aquaculture site and species selection criteria 
  • Marine hatchery technology 
  • Challenges faced by the aquaculture industry 
  • Introduction to marine fisheries ecology
  • Dynamics of exploited populations 
  • Fisheries data collection and evaluation 
  • Fisheries management concepts



The course is held at the Department of Biology during the first semester of every academic year (September - December), provided there are sufficient applicants, and is open to both students registered at the University of Malta and the general public. Lectures will be held once a week during the evening (18:00 - 20:00), and two practical sessions will be held on Saturdays (9:00 - 13:00).

For further information please contact: Mr James Fenech, Department of Biology, University of Malta, on telephone number: 23402272. Email:


Last Updated: 22 March 2018

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