The course requires personal work and interaction among participants and with lecturers. The international characteristics of the course favour the exchange of experiences and points of view. The course will be taught with a combination of lectures, applied examples, case studies and practical sessions that will provide the participant with hands-on experience on field sampling and data processing relevant to environmental monitoring of aquaculture.
From the knowledge of the aquaculture environment interactions and progress at different scales, this course intends to provide participants with solid arguments for the establishment of robust monitoring programmes allowing for rational decision making. By the end of the course the participants will:
– Be aware of the environmental impacts associated with marine and freshwater aquaculture systems in relation to present and future legislation in Mediterranean countries, and their adherence to the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture (EAA) concept.
– Be familiar with the concepts of why monitoring is important for statutory environmental regulation, for on-farm environmental management, and for environmental research for future aquaculture development, and to understand the cost-benefits of different monitoring approaches.
– Be able to apply standard and new methods for monitoring aquatic environments for aquaculture management.
– Gain experience in taking the environmental samples and subsequent lab analysis of data necessary for effective monitoring and accurate interpretation of the results.
– Understand the application of monitoring to real situations across different aquaculture production systems.
– Be able to debate the pros and cons of different environmental monitoring approaches with aquaculture managers and environmental regulators and policy makers alike.