32.21 Sustainable Aquaculture




The program of study leading to the Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture is designed to instruct students in research using scientific principles derived from a wide range of disciplines including Behaviour, Biochemistry, Biology, Ecology, Food Science, Genomics, Nutrition, and Physiology. It is an interdisciplinary program and often involves several fields of study. Research projects may include field and/or laboratory studies of one or more species of marine or freshwater flora and/or fauna. The Aquaculture group consists of faculty members from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Departments of Biology, Biochemistry, and Ocean Sciences of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Research scientists at other institutions, e.g., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, complement the group in offering advice, facilities, and expertise to students in the program.

The Sustainable Aquaculture Administrative Committee is responsible for the program. This Committee is composed of seven members appointed by the Dean of Science including two to three members from the Department of Ocean Sciences, two to three members from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and two members from appropriate academic units at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition, the Heads of the Departments of Biochemistry, Biology, and Ocean Sciences, and the Head of the School of Fisheries of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland are ex-officio members. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies concerning the academic requirements of the program: admission, course programs of individual students, financial support, composition of supervisory committees, and theses examiners. The Chair of the Committee will also ensure that a supervisory report form for each student in the program is submitted annually to the Dean.

32.21.1 Qualifications for Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Sustainable Aquaculture, an applicant shall normally hold one of the following: at least a second class Honours degree, or an equivalent both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate, or successful completion of the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture offered by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, with academic standing deemed appropriate by the Committee.

32.21.2 Program of Study

  1. The Master of Science Degree requires the successful completion of a program of courses and of a thesis embodying original research.

  2. All students will be required to complete 6 credit hours in graduate courses which will normally include at least one of the following: AQUA 6000 - Shellfish Culture and Enhancement, AQUA 6100 - Finfish Aquaculture, or AQUA 6200 - Aquaculture and the Environment.

  3. Students who do not hold the Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture may be required to successfully complete a selection of its component courses.

  4. Further courses may be required depending on the background of the individual student.

  5. Before the thesis is submitted, the student shall present an open seminar on the topic of investigation to the appropriate academic units, as recommended by the Administrative Committee. Any serious deficiencies in the thesis noticed at this stage should be carefully considered, in consultation with the Supervisor, for rectification.

  6. The student will be required to comply with all other regulations governing the graduate Degree of Master of Science.

32.21.3 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students as far as the resources of the Department will allow.


  • 6000 Shellfish Culture and Enhancement
  • 6100 Finfish Aquaculture
  • 6200 Aquaculture and the Environment
  • 6201-6209 Special Topics in Aquaculture (prerequisite: Permission of Chair of Program)


  • 6630 Marine Biochemistry


  • 6000 Research Topics in Microbiology
  • 6710 Marine Benthic Biology
  • 7101 Topics in Marine Biology
  • 7220 Quantitative Methods in Biology
  • 7551 Fisheries Resource Management

Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology

  • 6351 Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology


  • 9603 Environmental Sampling and Pollutant Analysis (cross-listed as Environmental Science 6005)
  • 9605 Advanced Waste Water Treatment
  • 9622 Environmental Statistics

Environmental Science

  • 6000 Environmental Science and Technology
  • 6001 Earth and Ocean Systems
  • 6002 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • 6003 Applied Ecology
  • 6007 Environmental Risk Assessment (same as Engineering 9609)


  • 6250 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 6410 Climatology

Marine Studies (Fisheries Resource Management) Program Courses

  • 6001 Fisheries Ecology
  • 6005 Overview of World Fisheries
  • 6009 Current Issues for Sustainable Fisheries

Ocean Sciences

  • 7100 Biological Oceanography
  • 7200 Adaptations to the Marine Environment
  • 7300 Plankton Dynamics
  • 7400 Fisheries Resource Management
  • 7500 Immunology and Diseases of Aquatic Organisms


  • 6316 Ocean Data Analysis
  • 6320 Ocean Turbulence and Mixing

Technology Management (Aquaculture Technology Option) Program Courses

  • 6056 Management of International Development
  • 6071 Management of Aquaculture Technology
  • 6072 Animal Husbandry Management
  • 6073 Aquaculture Environmental Management
  • 6074 Aquaculture Site and Operational Assessment
  • 6075 Aquaculture Engineering Technology Management


Consult the Program for a list of titles and information regarding availability.

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