Sustainable exploitation and management of aquatic resources

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DTU Aqua conducts research, provides advice,educates at university level and contributes toinnovation in sustainable exploitation andmanagement of aquatic resources. The vision of DTUAqua is to enable ecologically and economicallysustainable exploitation of aquatic resourcesapplying an integrated ecosystem approach whichutilizes synergies in natural and technical sciencedisciplines. DTU Aqua advises the Danish Ministry ofFood, Agriculture and Fisheries and other publicauthorities, the commercial fisheries, theaquaculture industry and international commissions.DTU Aqua deals with all types ofaquatic habitats – from the North Atlantic Oceanand European shelf areas to coastal areas and innerDanish waters, ecosystems in lakes and streams as well as aquaculture. European shelf seas, Danish coastalareas and freshwaters are our main working areas, but we also work on Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, inparticular in the North Atlantic surrounding Greenland, and we are involved in research activities in otherparts of the world. DTU Aqua’s research is divided into the following fields:Oceanography and climate focuses on understanding the interplay between physical,chemical and biological conditions in the ocean and how these factors impact the living conditions formarine organisms. Population genetics aims at gaining knowledge on how to preserve and managebiodiversity sustainably. Individual biology deals with the biology of aquatic organisms and theirinteraction with other organisms and with the surrounding environment.Freshwater fisheries and ecology is devoted to looking at the behaviour of particular speciesof fish and their interaction with the environment. Coastal ecology deals with the structure and function ofthe ecosystems as a habitat for fish and shellfish as well as with coastal area management. Marineecosystems aims at understanding the mechanisms that govern the interaction between individuals,species and populations in an ecosystem enabling us to determine the stability and flexibility of theecosystem.Marine living resources looks at the sustainable utilization of fish and shellfish stocks.Ecosystem effects expands from the ecosystem approach to fisheries management to an integratedapproach where other human activities are taken into consideration. Fisheries management developsmethods, models and tools for predicting and evaluating the effects of management measures andregulations applied by the authorities in fisheries management.Fisheries technology focuses on the development of selective and low-impact fishing gearwhich can help limit unintended by-catches and minimize the impact on the marine environment.Observation Technology is concerned with research and development of systems for collecting data insupport of marine research and management. Shellfish aquaculture and fisheries focuses on production potential and resilience of coastalareas in relation to shellfish aquaculture and fisheries. Aquaculture covers a wide range of biological andtechnological aspects from fish nutrition and growth to environmental impacts of aquaculture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAbstract Book - DTU Sustain Conference 2014
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventDTU Sustain Conference 2014 - Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Dec 201417 Dec 2014


ConferenceDTU Sustain Conference 2014
LocationTechnical University of Denmark
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