Fisheries and aquaculture



Gain comprehensive training in fisheries resource management, aquaculture management, and fisheries biology. You’ll learn about environmental sustainability, renewable resource exploitation and marine and freshwater species from a global perspective. Topics include fish markets, nutrition and farm certification processes, the history of Australian fisheries, fisheries methods and impacts of fishing.

I work very closely with the aquaculture industry so it's easy to have my finger on the pulse with regard to the needs of most future employers.

Dr David Francis

Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture Nutrition

A unique, practical program

Studying fisheries and aquaculture opens up field-trip opportunities, professional practice activities and hands-on skills that help make you work-ready when you graduate. Our location on Victoria's coast gives you a distinct learning experience.

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Deakin supports one of the world’s most prestigious environmental research programs. Our ecologists help protect Australia’s vulnerable flora and fauna from disease, rapid development and climate change. If you have an idea you’d like to explore, consider a research degree under the supervision of our passionate and experienced staff.

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Who we work with

Through our industry partnership with Tassal Operations, one of Australia’s largest Atlantic salmon producers, students have the ability to learn from industry experts by undertaking work placements at Tassal farms.

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Career opportunities

Are you passionate about the sustainability of the world’s fisheries? You can find work in a wide variety of environments around Australia and the South-East Asia region, including:

  • government departments (e.g. Department of Environment and Primary Industries or Department of Agriculture)
  • food and agriculture based industries
  • fishing industry
  • catchment authorities
  • marine research institutes
  • aquaculture farms.

Specific tasks within these industries might include:

  • assessing and analysing the environment
  • managing interaction between people and the environment
  • working with natural, rural, and urban systems and communities
  • pollution control
  • managing water resources
  • working for or with local governments
  • working in strategy or research.

Related roles include:

  • laboratory technician
  • inspection officer
  • scientific consultant (government or private industry)
  • research assistant
  • microbiologist
  • pathologist
  • biochemist
  • ecological modeller
  • environmental ecologist
  • biophysicist
  • urban and regional planner
  • conservation officer
  • zoologist.

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Find out how our students experience the marine environment first-hand with numerous field trips and opportunities to interact with marine ecosystems. They also have access to our state-of-the-art research vessel 'Yolla', and underwater vehicles that provide opportunities to identify marine plants and animals across the seabed.

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