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.

Get out of the classroom: get into the field with practical hands-on experiences
Research-informed teaching: get up-to-date insights from leading research teams

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:

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

Specific tasks within these industries might include:

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


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

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.

Join our thriving research culture

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.

Aquatic science at your fingertips

The proximity of the Warrnambool Campus to a range of aquatic environments makes it an ideal location for specialist studies in fisheries and aquaculture.

Understanding and managing the threats facing Australia’s fisheries and ecosystems requires a multidisciplinary approach to research and teaching.

At Deakin, you'll gain an understanding of:

  • the ecology and management of coastal marine, estuarine and freshwater ecosystems
  • cutting-edge technologies for mapping marine habitats
  • the ecology and management of marine wildlife and fisheries
  • aquatic animal health
  • the effects of a drying climate on ecological function and biodiversity in rivers and streams
  • the impacts and risk assessment of aquatic pollution
  • river restoration
  • sustainable aquaculture.


See the unique experiences that students have on field trips, environmental orientated pursuits we're up to and the things we find interesting.

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Marine biology, fisheries and aquaculture

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.

Image: courtesy of Andrew Newton, published in 'Melbourne Down Under' by Sheree Marris, a marine biology graduate from Deakin University.

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