Aquaculture education in the EU is still small-scale and mainly local. Even though the sector has huge potential and requires standardised international aquaculture education. The aim of the 3-year Erasmus+ project 'AQUA-VIEW' is to develop high-quality education in this field. Collaboration with European partners in both education and the professional field are crucial in this respect. VHL University of Applied Sciences (VHL) is a partner in this project. With the minor 'Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture’, our university of applied sciences is already active in the field of aquaculture education. However, through this project, there are opportunities for more cooperation with partners throughout Europe.
Cooperation partners come from the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Malta, Slovenia, Austria and Italy and represent vocational education, the professional field and research. They recently met in Rimini, Italy to take the first steps. Lecturer-project leader Marlous Heemstra and lecturer-researcher Tom Wijers were present on behalf of VHL. Insight was gained into the entire Italian aquaculture chain in Emelia-Romagna: from growing shellfish spat, harvesting, processing but also tasting! The first teaching modules have also been developed and will be tested this year.