Aquaculture Degree Track
Aquaculture provides over 50% of the seafood for human consumption. As the fastest growing sector of food production, growing at a rate of ~10% annually, it has reshaped the fishery industry and fisheries management strategies worldwide. The Professional Masters Program in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery and grow-out technology, and commercialization. Emphasis is placed on the environmental sustainability of commercially important marine fish species, as well as shrimp and mollusks.
The program combines extensive laboratory courses with substantial hands-on experiences at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery (UMEH), working with broodstock, spawning, larval rearing, live feed production, nurseries, and shipping/transport. Furthermore, students participate in a field course (MES 619: Aquaculture III) organized in collaboration with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and conducted simultaneously with the Annual Workshop on the “Physiology and Aquaculture of Pelagics with Emphasis on Reproduction and Early Developmental Stages of Yellowfin Tuna”. This 2-week, intensive field course takes place at the world renowned Achotines Laboratory in Provincia de Los Santos, on the Pacific coast of the Republic of Panama.
The MPS in Aquaculture focuses on the environmental, technological, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of sustainable aquaculture. The program covers all stages of planning and development, from site and species selection to feasibility studies, resource evaluation, hatchery and grow-out technology, and commercialization.
Plan of Study Grid
|MES 612||Aquaculture I||3|
& MES 661
|Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems|
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (or ELECTIVE)
|MES 602 or 625||Economics of Natural Resources|
or Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
|MES 617||Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations||3|
|MES 613||Aquaculture II: Advanced Techniques in Sustainable Aquaculture (Lab Course)||3|
|MES 628||Seafood Market and Marketing||3|
|MBE 686 |
or MES 629
|Environmental Biology of Fishes (or ELECTIVE)|
or Biology, Ecology, and Management of Mangrove Ecosystems
|MES 619||Aquaculture III: Field Course||3|
|MES 805||MPS Internship||6|
Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.
|Business School electives are applicable, with approval from Academic Advisor|
|BIL 623||Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates||4|
|MES 720||Coastal Law and Policy||3|
|MBE 676||Diseases of Marine Organisms||3|
|MES 620||Environmental Law||3|
|MES 710||International Ocean Law And Governance||3|
|MES 671||Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm||3|
|MBE 642||Oceans and Human Health||3|
|MES 616||Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis||3|
|RSM 645||Scientific Communication||3|
|RSM 612||Statistics for Environmental Management||3|
|MBE 614||Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course||3|