Aquaculture Degree Track

Mahi Juveniles Mahi Juveniles
Master of Professional Science

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.

Aquaculture (AQU)

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. Please see our departmental website for more information about this program.

Program Requirements


Dr. Daniel Benetti

Aquaculture Management Track

dbenetti@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4889
Besides my academic and research credentials, I have extensive international professional experience, having worked, consulted, and established research, commercial and educational programs and projects for the private and government sectors in > 20 countries throughout 5 continents over the last 30 years. Expertise in obtaining funding,...

Dr. John D. Stieglitz

Aquaculture Management Track

jstieglitz@rsmas.miami.edu

(305) 421-4303
My research is focused on understanding how environmental changes of varying origins and temporal scales affect economically and ecologically valuable marine fish species. Utilizing approaches centered on applied ecophysiology of marine fish my research aims to address marine aquaculture production challenges while also developing a greater...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
MES 612 Aquaculture I 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory (or ELECTIVE)
3
MES 602 or 625 Economics of Natural Resources
or Fisheries Socioeconomics and Management
3
MES 617 Aquaculture IV: Aquaculture Business, Regulatory, and Environmental Considerations 3
Credit Hours 12
Spring Credit Hours
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
3
MES 619 Aquaculture III: Field Course 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 30

Elective Options

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.

Course List

Code Title Credit Hours
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 649 Scientific Communication 3
RSM 612 Statistics for Environmental Management 3
MBE 614 Tropical Marine Biology: A Field Course 3

 

For more details, visit the UM Bulletin