AQX251 Sustainability and Welfare in Aquaculture

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Turid Mørkøre

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:30

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:This course has teaching/evaluation in August block.

About this course

The course gives an introduction to main topics within farming of fish, shellfish, and algae in Norway and internationally - including various forms of production, operating conditions, environment, preventive health, fish welfare, reproduction, feed and feeding, and product quality.

Good fish welfare is a prerequisite for sustainable farming. Sustainability and fish welfare will be the main focus throughout the course.

Learning outcome


  • The students will learn how theoretical knowledge can be applied in various practical examples. Furthermore, students are made aware of the benefits and consequences of using biological knowledge in a production situation.
  • Knowledge of the production of fish, shellfish and macroalgae as a basis for sustainable aquaculture (focus on salmonids)
  • Knowledge of factors that affect fish welfare throughout the production phase


  • Understand how the farming environment affects production parameters and fish welfare
  • Understand effects of the surrounding environment
  • Be able to assess welfare characteristics of fish in aquaculture and know measures that can improve welfare
  • Be able to disseminate research-based knowledge about sustainability and fish welfare

General competence

  • Have a good overview of factors that are important for sustainability and fish welfare in farming throughout the production phase
  • Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises. The course also includes a trip, where various aquaculture enterprises are visited.
  • Teaching consists of a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercise
  • Basic knowledge in biology
  • Oral exam A-F

  • External examiner on oral exam.
  • Excursion and training
  • AQX251 is restricted (30 seats).
  • The course runs in the August block with full-time lecture sessions, combined with excursion and exercise
  • NMBU MSc/BSc students and NOVA students.