Aquaculture & Fisheries

Aquaculture & Fisheries is about the biology and ecology of fish and fisheries and about sustainable fishing.

Studying in this area involves learning about the ecosystems that fish live and breed in, including how fish stocks change over time.

This area is also about the operation and underlying economics of the aquaculture and fishing industries.

This includes fishery management techniques intended to ensure the sustainability of fish populations and fisher livelihoods.

NZ university majors related to this area

Did you know?

More than 30,000 species of fish are known to exist.

Worldwide, there are about 38 million commercial fishers and fish farmers.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Fisher
  • Aquaculturist
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Fisheries policy analyst
  • Fisheries officer
  • Fish hatchery manager
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


153% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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