Innovation in Aquaculture Field Course
This field course in the southern Westfjords of Iceland will explore blue/green economy or entrepreneurship in marine aquaculture in arctic and sub-arctic regions. Students will get an insight into the state of the art through lectures and visits to companies. The curriculum will focus on today’s limitations and challenges, an introduction to sustainable resource use and innovative management. Participants will then work individually or in groups on a range of ideas, leading to a business model according to the ‘Business Model Canvas’ for each project.
By the end of the course, students will:
- have an understanding of contemporary challenges in marine aquaculture
- be familiar with ways to develop an idea for an innovative and sustainable project within aquaculture and make a business plan
- active participation in discussions
- substantiated selection and elaboration of the innovation project
- project presentation and consideration of critique
- active verification that participants have considered scientific and practical advice
- writing of a realistic business-plan together with tutors.
Peter Krost holds a PhD in marine ecology from the Institute for Marine Science (IfM, today Geomar) in Kiel, with a thesis on the impact of bottom fisheries on seafloor geochemistry and benthos in the Western Baltic. From 1990 to 1992, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Mariculture in Eilat, Israel, studying environmental effects of fish farms on sediment and water quality in the Gulf of Aqaba. From 1992 to 1994, Peter Krost was researcher at IfM in Kiel again, and worked on the influence of sediment dredging and dredged material disposal on sediment biology and geochemistry.
In 1995, Peter Krost started, together with Christian Koch and Levent Piker, the company CRM, Coastal Research and Management; a company devoted to sustainable coastal development focusing on environmental impact assessments, sustainable aquaculture, and on the extraction of active substances from the sea. CRM started an algae farm in 1998 and has been running a mussel farm since 2010. Currently, Peter Krost is heading the environmental impact study group, as well as of the aquaculture department.
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Last updated November 26, 2015