Introduction

Aquaculture as a source of nutrients and high quality products for domestic consumption, as well as an activity generating jobs overseas, is fastly growing worldwide. This growth involves a great diversity of speciesclassified in different taxonomic groups, such as microalgae, macroalgae, molluscs, crustaceans and fish, not to mention other aquatic species. Likewise, aquaculture involves a wide range of environments (lakes, rivers, estuaries, coasts, ocean, etc.) and technologies (cages, ponds, recirculation systems, etc.), which implies the involvement of trained personnel and the continued development of the knowledge that allows the development and continuous improvement this thriving sector.

The generation of knowledge, the training of human resources and the development of appropriate technologies are essential aspects that are promoted in high education institutions throughout the world, as stated in the profuse diffusion of specialized international journals such as : Aquaculture ; Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Aquaculture Research, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Journal of Fish Diseases, Aquaculture Environment Interactions, Aquaculture Nutrition, Journal of Phycology and Marine Biotechnology, among many others, and involving different disciplines like genetics, molecular biology, thermobiology, virology and more disciplines.

In this context the program of this master aims to generate highly qualified human resources, who will decisively contribute to the growth and consolidation of this increasing activity once incorporated into academic, government and manufacturing sector (whether private or public). In our country, aquaculture has a promising potential, given that we have a vast area of seas and inland waters. Moreover our country is very diversified from the biological point of view, which also grants us an huge potential of susceptible species to join the aquaculture production.

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