Marine and Aquaculture  

Do you want to be part of a major growth area in Portugal's economy - why not consider a career in the maritime sector?

This new course combines essential basic boat skills with HND certification with an understanding of aquaculture and the role it plays in Portugal’s waters and is therefore a great starting point for a career that could take a number of routes. You will also have the advantage of being taught by a master mariner and have the use of our own sailboat with 40 feet for practical aspects of your course.


Marine Ecosystems: Gain an understanding of the diverse marine ecosystems, including coastal areas, open ocean, coral reefs, estuaries, and deep-sea habitats. 

Aquaculture Principles: Understand the principles and practices of aquaculture, which involves the cultivation of aquatic organisms, such as fish, shellfish, and plants, in controlled environments. 

Fisheries Management: Explore the principles and strategies of fisheries management, which aim to ensure the sustainable exploitation of marine resources. 

Environmental Impacts: Examine the environmental impacts of aquaculture and fishing activities on marine ecosystems. 

Aquatic Food Safety: Understand the importance of food safety and quality control in aquaculture and fisheries. 

Sustainable Aquaculture: Explore the principles of sustainable aquaculture, which emphasize the responsible use of resources, minimizing environmental impacts, and maximizing social and economic benefits. 


Aquaculture Farm Visit: Visit a local aquaculture farm to observe the farming process, feed management, and water quality monitoring.

Marine Sampling: Collect and analyze samples of water, sediment, and marine life to understand the marine environment and monitor for contaminants.

Marine Life Identification: Learn to identify common marine species, such as fish, crustaceans, and mollusks, to understand the diversity of marine life.

Shellfish Farming: Learn the basics of shellfish farming, including seed production, spat collection, and grow-out techniques.

Aquaponics: Learn the process of growing plants and fish in a symbiotic relationship using aquaponic systems.
Marine Tourism: Learn about the tourism industry related to marine activities, such as recreational fishing, scuba diving, and marine wildlife watching


Scientific Knowledge: Understanding of marine biology, oceanography, aquaculture, and marine ecology is critical for work in the field of marine and aquaculture.

Technical Skills: Knowledge of the latest technologies and tools used in marine and aquaculture research, such as water quality sensors, GPS, and fish tracking devices.

Research Skills: The ability to conduct scientific research, collect data, and analyze results is essential for marine and aquaculture professionals.

Safety and Risk Management: The ability to assess and manage risks associated with marine and aquaculture activities, such as boating, diving, and farm operations.

Environmental Stewardship: Knowledge of environmental regulations, sustainability practices, and conservation techniques is important for ensuring the long-term viability of marine and aquaculture operations.

Business Management: Knowledge of business principles and practices, including finance, accounting, and human resources management, is important for managing marine and aquaculture operations.