The focus of the module is on environmental management in aquaculture. It considers environmental risk assessment associated with the introduction of new products for use in aquaculture and on the roles of monitoring and eco-auditing. The module is based around group activities, dealing with real data and situations, supplemented by lectures and participatory workshops. Particular attention will be given to the process of Environmental Impact Assessment within aquaculture and its use in environmental regulation and sustainability issues.
Students completing the module will be able to:
- Describe principles involved in assessment of environmental risks posed by the introduction of new compounds in aquaculture;
- Discuss the role of environmental impact assessment and monitoring in environmental management of aquaculture systems;
- Apply the principles by which sampling programmes are designed, field samples are collected and processed and how data are stored and managed;
- Interpret and present spatially and temporally-related field data using a range of PC-based analytical software packages;
The module will be taught as a series of workshops, seminars and lectures. The use of computers and data management software packages will be a feature. Students will be expected to make presentations during the module and work within groups.