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DTU produces graduates for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture

Graduate students in Hirtshals are educated close to the local business community engaged in fishing and fish and shellfish farming. It provides unique learning opportunities and professional networks.

Port of Hirtshals. Photo: Annette Nielsen
Pernille Bak Andreasen, student at Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Pernille Bak Andreasen. Photo: Private.

Why did you choose this master’s programme?

“I chose the programme both out of interest and because it’s a good opportunity to get close to the fishing industry in Hirtshals. It makes sense to educate yourself in a place where the industry is right next door.”

“If we want to continue fishing, it’s important to develop and work with sustainability and sustainable tools. As a food source, fish and shellfish are more sustainable than conventional agriculture in terms of CO2 emissions. So if agriculture were to replace food source, it will have environmental consequences.”

How can you use your education?

“I hope to be able to work with the sustainable development of fisheries, for example in relation to the production or development of tools and fishing methods.”

What’s it like to study in Hirtshals?

“I appreciate a study environment with few students. It gives a good sense of community in a relaxed atmosphere. In addition, I’m working at the North Sea Oceanarium, which is also affiliated with the North Sea Science Park—just like DTU. The science park environment is really cool, and there are many student job opportunities.”

Have you considered living in Hirtshals after graduating?

“It depends on the job opportunities. Hirtshals is a lovely place with a good local environment close to nature and water, so it could be an option.”

Obsessed with aquaculture

Danish-American Sarah Bartels is from California. She is an MSc student on the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture programme.

Sarah Bartels, MSc student on the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture programme
Sarah Bartels. Photo: Private.

Why did you choose this master’s programme?

“When I finished my BSc in Marine Biology at the University of California San Diego, I knew I wanted to take my MSc in Denmark. DTU Aqua was the first option that popped up when I was looking for marine biology-related study programmes in Denmark. After examining the master’s options, I became completely obsessed with aquaculture. And coincidentally, DTU Aqua is the place to study recirculating aquaculture systems—also called land-based aquaculture plants.”

How can you use your education?

“I’m still unsure what I’ll end up working with when I graduate, but I know that with the network and connections I’m creating in Hirtshals, I have nothing to worry about in terms of finding work. In addition, I already got a job at BioMar after three or four weeks in Hirtshals."

What’s it like to study in Hirtshals?

“In Hirtshals, everyone knows each other. This creates a very pleasant student life. The advantage of Hirtshals being so far away from the major cities is that Hirtshals attracts those who are deeply committed to the programme as well as fishing and aquaculture. I appreciate that.”

Have you considered living in Hirtshals after graduating?

“Being from California, I don’t think I could live in Hirtshals in the long term due to the weather. But I’ll definitely miss the community and look forward to coming back in a few years and seeing how much the new campus has grown.”


Peter Vilhelm Skov

Peter Vilhelm Skov Associate Professor National Institute of Aquatic Resources Phone: +45 35883263