Social acceptability of aquaculture is a key driver to further support the development of the sector and is an integral part of sustainability

5 reasons to attend this course

Identify main trends and bottlenecks to aquaculture development, social acceptability and regulation.
Be aware of new tools and production methods to improve environmental sustainability of aquaculture and its products.
Recognize the importance of social acceptability and how it can contribute to sustainable aquaculture.
Be familiar with economic and market analysis to improve business performance and market behaviour to enhance aquaculture sustainability.
Identify and apply the most suitable participatory tools and methods to implement them in their professional activities.
Network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on how to assess the sustainability of the farming activity and of the value chain.


20 hours in-class training

11 hours of practical work

Leading international experts


  • 1. Introduction - the need for sustainability and social acceptance
    • 1.1. Aquaculture development: drivers and bottlenecks/inhibitors to aquaculture development
    • 1.2. Integrated carrying capacity (physical and geographical, environmental, production, social)
    • 1.3. Need for improved regulation and governance
    • 1.4. Public perception and acceptance of aquaculture
      • 1.4.1. Present perception (media, consumers, industry, policy makers) and ways to improve it
      • 1.4.2. Factual information provision
      • 1.4.3. Communication platforms
  • 2. Assessing and improving aquaculture sustainability
    • 2.1. Social dimension of aquaculture at farm and industry level
      • 2.1.1. Corporate social responsibility
      • 2.1.2. Social responsibility in value chain
    • 2.2. Environmental assessment models and tools for improved sustainability in aquaculture
      • 2.2.1. Environmental Impact and Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA)
        • Current situation and problems to solve
        • Analysis and evaluation methods - LCA
        • Improvement opportunities
        • Practical work on LCA
      • 2.2.2. Multiplexing and bus communication (USB, ISOBUS, Ethernet, etc.)
    • 2.3. Business performance and markets
      • 2.3.1. Economics of production and management
        • Economic performance assessment of aquaculture production: the case of seabream and seabass industry
        • Artificial intelligence methodologies applied to the improvement of aquaculture decision-making processes
      • 2.3.2. Markets and price dynamics in seabream and seabass
        • Equilibrium and market dynamics
        • Price transmission in the value chain
      • 2.3.3. Market impact of mass media
      • 2.3.4. Wireless sensor networks
    • 2.4. A critical assessment of production methods for improving aquaculture sustainability
      • 2.4.1. Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)
      • 2.4.2. Cage farming
      • 2.4.3. Closed containment systems
      • 2.4.4. Recirculating systems
      • 2.4.5. Improved feeding technologies
    • 2.5. New product development: potential market and consumer requirements
      • 2.5.1. Aquaculture food products and processing innovations
      • 2.5.2. Consumer involvement
  • 3. Assessing and improving aquaculture regulation and governance
    • 3.1. Comparative analysis of aquaculture licencing regulation in different countries
    • 3.2. Participative decision making and stakeholders' involvement
    • 3.3. Environmental assessment and monitoring methods to check regulation compliance
    • 3.4. Recommendations and guidelines from TAPAS EU project for best licencing practice
    • 3.5. Certification and beyond compliance
      • 3.5.1. Aquaculture certification schemes - who, what and value?
      • 3.5.2. The pros and cons of certification
      • 3.5.3. Beyond compliance for regulation
  • 4. Assessing and improving social acceptability of aquaculture development
    • 4.1. Concepts and definitions related to social acceptability of aquaculture development
    • 4.2. Participatory methods to address and assess social acceptability of aquaculture development
      • 4.2.1. Main issues related to public participation for assessing social acceptability of projects
      • 4.2.2. Analysis of the context before starting a participatory and co-production process
      • 4.2.3. Planning public participation processes
      • 4.2.4. Presentation and testing of participatory tools, methods and settings
      • 4.2.5. Facilitation tools, methods and skills
      • 4.2.6. Evaluation of outcomes
      • 4.2.7. Practical work on participatory methods

Train at an outstanding international institution


The course is targeted to professionals within public institutions and the aquaculture industry, such as policy makers, aquaculture managers, market analysts, environmentalists, socio-economists, technical advisors, researchers and other stakeholders involved in aquaculture sustainability.
Candidates must apply online at the following address:

The course will be held at IAMZ-CIHEAM in Zaragoza from 24 to 28 February 2020.
Application deadlines:

  • 1 December 2019 - The deadline may be extended for candidates not applying for a grant and not requiring a visa while places are available.

Course attendance is free, thanks to European Union Horizon 2020 funding. Participants are expected to pay for their own travel, subsistence and accommodation.
A limited number of candidates from Mediterranean countries and from other European countries may receive financial support covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in the Hall of Residence on the Aula Dei Campus.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organisation, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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Av. MontaƱana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

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