This topic provides you with the opportunity to understand the connections between aquaculture and post-production operations, and financial, economic and marketing issues. These connections are put into context by gaining first hand experience of the range of Scottish aquaculture production and post-production systems on a week-long study tour. The first week of this topic will focus on basic business principles, marketing and economics, including aquaculture markets, business environments, and financial and economic appraisal of commercial and artisanal aquaculture projects. The second week of the topic is a study tour set in some of Scotlands most spectacular scenery. On the tour you will see many of the techniques, skills, and strategies used in the production and processing of the most economically important species farmed in the UK. You will explore a variety of systems and meet people involved in the production and management side of aquaculture and the ornamental industry in Scotland. The Institute's close links with industry ensure that unrivalled access is afforded to students wishing to gain more first-hand knowledge of aquaculture practices typical of the European aquaculture sector.