Science, Agriculture - Food, Engineering

Sustainable Production and Exploitation of Aquatic Bioresources - Apprenticeship

  • ECTS

    60 credits

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Science

  • Language(s) of instruction



Aquaculture has supplanted fishing in the supply of seafood for human consumption worldwide. The controlled production of aquatic organisms plays a crucial role in alleviating the growing need for sustainably produced aquatic foods.

The aim of this course is to train future scientists with a broad range of skills in the entire fisheries and aquaculture sector, with a view to ensuring responsible aquaculture production, fishing and ecosystem management of aquatic resources and environments.

The AQUADURA program is a professionalizing programthat allows students to enter the job market directly after gradu ation.The continuation of the program into a thesis is very marginal and is mainly carried out in the fields of R&D or integrated management. It is open to apprentices in M1 and M2.

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  • 95%

    Success rate


Its objectives are to train students in (i) aquaculture production, its management and administration, (ii) fisheries, (iii) the development and management of aquatic bioresources, and (iv) the integrated management of the environments used by these activities

Cultural practices, the development of new sectors of activity and the fields of research and development are targeted in this curriculum.

Special attention will be given to the sustainability of practices and approaches in a context of increasing exploitation of aquatic bioresources and climate change

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Know-how and skills

This is a multidisciplinary training program that aims to provide the necessary foundations for :

  • Understand the dynamics of living resources and aquatic ecosystems and their interactions,
  • Be able to analyze the functioning of operating systems, from upstream to downstream,
  • Develop a critical understanding of aquaculture development and principles,
  • To produce species in different aquaculture production systems in a sustainable way taking into account epidemiological, environmental and welfare regulations,
  • Assess and manage human impact on exploited aquatic ecosystems in an integrated manner
  • Assess, exploit and manage aquatic bioresources sustainably,

Contribute to cutting-edge research on the development of aquatic bioresources practices and valorization

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International dimension

The M1 and M2 internships can be carried out abroad.

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Open in alternation

Type of contract

Apprenticeship contract, Professionalization contract


Year of M1: common to four courses of the "Environmental Management" mention (RAINET', IEGB, Aquadura, ComBiodiv). This year allows students to acquire the scientific bases, notably in ecology and biostatistics. Optional courses also allow students to start specializing.

The M2 is highly specialized with courses in production, fisheries, law, quality management and project management.

The AQUADURA master's degree is open to initial and continuing education and apprenticeship.

Internships and tutored projects:

M1 internship: 4.5 to 6 months, which can take place in France or abroad

M2 internship: 6 months which can be carried out in France or abroad

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M2 - Sustainable Production and Exploitation of Aquatic Bioresources - Apprenticeship

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  • Ecology Fair-1

    2 credits1h
  • Aquariology

    2 credits
  • Host/pathogen interactions in aquatic animals

    2 credits
  • New technologies for the study of Biodiversity

    2 credits
  • Tools and methods for the dynamic study of marine ecosystems

    2 credits3h
  • Marine resource use and assessment

    2 credits15h
  • Aquaculture

    6 credits
  • Genetic improvement and diversity management in aqua environments

    2 credits
  • M2-GE Apprenticeship Project

    6 credits
  • Law of the public maritime domain and the sea

    2 credits15h

    2 credits
    • Your choice: 1 of 6

      • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

        2 credits
      • Ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems

        2 credits8h
      • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

        2 credits
      • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

        2 credits
      • Project management

        2 credits15h
      • Advanced GIS

        2 credits
  • Quality management

    2 credits15h
  • End of studies internship by apprenticeship M2 GE AQUA

    24 credits

    4 credits


Conditions of access

For the M1: Students with a Bachelor's degree in EBO, BEST, BE, SVT or equivalent. Some students from professional fields are also accepted.

For M2: Students with a M1 in ecology or other (double competence), engineering schools and veterinarians

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Target audience

For the M1: Students with a Bachelor's degree in EBO, BEST, BE, SVT or equivalent. Some students from professional fields are also accepted.

For M2: Students with a M1 in ecology or other (double competence), engineering schools and veterinarians

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And then

Bridges and reorientation

At the end of the Master 1 in Environment and Biodiversity Management, the student having acquired his 180 ECTS can ask to be reoriented towards another Master 2 course of the mention of Environment Management than the one in which he had applied to enter Master 1 (among Rainet', ComBiodiv, IEGB and AQUADURA). However, this reorientation will be subject to the approval of the pedagogical directors of the course concerned.

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Professional integration

Targeted sectors of activity:

  • aquaculture production
  • fisheries
  • aquariology
  • inventory management
  • the management of ecosystems exploited by fishing and/or aquaculture
  • the 'fishery products and aquaculture' specialized council
  • products processed or extracted from aquatic bioresources
  • R&D in aquaculture
  • traceability and quality


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