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Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms in both coastal and inland areas involving interventions in the rearing process to enhance production. (FAO, 2018).

The progress of aquaculture in Ecuador and the growing importance of the activity worldwide led to the ESPOL, through the College of Maritime Engineering (FIMCM, acronym in Spanish), to create the Aquaculture Engineering Program in 1985; since then, has been training competent professionals with knowledge on design, operation, production, extension and management of environmental, social, nutritional and health aspects of aquaculture systems.




Aquaculture Engineering graduates from ESPOL, after 3 to 5 years of professional practice, will be able to:

  1. Contribute to the development of aquaculture through the management and optimization of production systems, taking the existing technical references, innovating them and developing new technologies when it is necessary.

  2. Integrate technical and scientific knowledge, with business and social management to generate wealth and welfare, teamwork and efficiency in communication.

  3. Develop an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible aquaculture for the benefit of the human being.

  4. Transfer knowledge and technology to the private sector, public and social and solidarity economy, in order to change the productive matrix and improve the quality of life.


  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and aquaculture engineering.

  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process related to aquaculture engineering, that meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aquaculture engineering problems.

  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

    • An ability to communicate effectively in Spanish.

    • An ability to communicate in English.

  7. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of aquaculture engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

  9. A knowledge of contemporary issues.

  10. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for aquaculture engineering practice.

  11. Recognition of the necessity and have the ability to become an entrepreneur.

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