There is little doubt that education and training are vital to maintaining a competent aquaculture workforce, and that in turn a competent workforce is essential for the aquaculture industry to prosper. As outlined in a recent technical report from one of the industry’s leading lights, the United States’ current provision for aquaculture education may be in need of a boost in some areas, writes Sam Andrews.
The USA’s foray into aquaculture education and training really took off during the 1970s and into the 1980s. In line with growing job opportunities in the aquaculture industry and interest in the “blue revolution” in these years, postsecondary institutions across the country increasingly offered aquaculture-related and aquaculture-supporting degrees and training programmes.
Many who graduated from these programmes back then successfully entered the aquaculture sector, but now a large proportion of them are coming closer to retirement. At the same time, the opportunities for the younger generation to study aquaculture appear to be slowly declining.