Whilst the demand for fish and other aquaculture products has shown a worldwide increase in recent years, fisheries landings have stagnated at 100 million tonnes per year for the past decade, due to restrictions to avoid overexploitation of the fishing grounds. As a consequence of this situation, the production of aquatic organisms in controlled conditions has spread worldwide, becoming a real alternative to satisfy the increase in demand for these products at present and in the immediate future.
In the Mediterranean, a traditional fish-consuming region, the actual and potential development of aquaculture is very high, in molluscs and in finfish, originating a demand for highly-trained experts for different areas of the sector. The Master, both for its theoretical and its practical content, responds fully to the objective of training these specialists.
The Master has been offered since 1997 and its contents are updated and revised for each new edition. It is held every two years.
The Master is held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, jointly organized with the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). It is structured in two parts (120 ECTS) held in two academic years, and it is an official Master of the Spanish university system within the framework of the European Space for Higher Education.
The Master enables participants to: