This track in the interdisciplinary degree program focuses on integration of applied fisheries management and aquaculture production disciplines, to prepare students for immediate careers or future graduate studies related to fishery resources and sustainable management of captive (aquaculture) and wild (fisheries) fish populations. A multi-disciplinary approach to aquaculture and fisheries management education and research is promoted to prepare students for a great variety of rewarding careers.
The Aquaculture and Fisheries Management track combines a strong foundation in chemistry, mathematics, and biology with advanced courses in the applied principles and techniques necessary to sustainably manage wild fish populations or aquaculture production operations. Advanced courses are designed to provide students a broad understanding of these disciplines, incorporating education and applied research of fish biology, physiology, nutrition, disease, population management, habitat management, hatchery management, commercial aquaculture production, restoration and stock enhancement aquaculture, aquatic ecosystem management, and water quality management. The Aquaculture and Fisheries Management track will prepare graduates to be the link between stakeholders, consumers, managers/producers, scientists, and policy makers when handling traditional and emerging, multifaceted issues that occur when managing fisheries or aquaculture production.