MOOC on Sustainable Aquaculture for Low Trophic Species

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MOOC on sustainable aquaculture low-trophic species

Explore the cultivation practices for low trophic species and contribute to the sustainable development of food production

About this course

Increasing food production to ensure food security for the growing population is one of the most urgent challenges we are currently facing. Food coming from marine aquaculture is known to have some of the lowest carbon food print among animal products. Moreover, producing marine food at a lower trophic level further explores ecosystem services, which are fundamental to creating a sustainable food system.

The course provides a holistic view of the most recent developments in low trophic aquaculture, focusing on selected groups of species molluscs, echinoderms, macroalgae and freshwater finfish. It explores various cultivation practices, including the Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture. However, while knowing the cultivation practices is essential to understanding low trophic aquaculture, topics such as sustainability, governance, economic feasibility or climate change adaptation are fundamental to its success. This course provides interdisciplinary knowledge on low trophic aquaculture, allowing the students to hand pick topics of interest and explore them further through additional reading suggested throughout the course.

  • Advanced undergraduates and graduate students in aquaculture, sustainable development, sustainable business, biology and other related fields.
  • Current and future practitioners in the aquaculture, fisheries and food sectors who wish to gain insights into current production practices and future trends as well as sustainable development and business opportunities in low trophic aquaculture.
  • Educators who wish to go beyond their level of expertise and expand their classroom activities by introducing a “flipped classroom” – where students learn online while bringing the homework to class to discuss with fellow students.


Estimated 10 week:

6 to 10 hours per week


Progress at your own pace

Language & video transcripts:



Low-trophic aquaculture




50% pass rate to receive a certificate




The course is free to everyone


syllabus of the SATLS MOOC

Course Development Team

The course results from work carried out in the AquaVitae Horizon 2020 project. It is designed and coordinated by UiT, The Arctic University of Norway.

MOOC team

Instructors and Contributors
Throughout the course, you will meet dozens of instructors: researchers, practitioners and academic staff. Each an expert in their respective field

Course Builders
Adrianna Kochanska
Ronan Gombau
Ben Opara
Katrin Hulda Gunnarsdottir
Mark Stenersen