BIO-3557 Fisheries ecology - 10 stp
Type of course
Bio-3556 Fishery Biology and Harvest Technology - or similar background.
Relevance for study programme
This course emphasizes the links between ecology and socio-economics required for international fishery management.
This is an intermediate level course that demands previous knowledge of fish and fishery biology, including the utilization of basic assessment methods. Biological population management often relies on the utilization of data or models. We will make scenario forecasts, with basis on empirical and parametric information, and analyze the outcomes of different management decisions. In scenarios of increasing complexity we introduce critical issues such as fleet interaction, density-dependence, multispecies and ecosystem approaches in international fisheries of different types and scales. We address the increasing concern for the genetic and ecological consequences of fishing and aquaculture on both the target and accessory populations, communities and habitats. Attention is given to the conservation management of a wide range of aquatic organisms in temperate and tropical systems. In addition to general topics in aquaculture and fishery management, a range of new and controversial concerns is introduced: every year a new issue forms the basis for special lectures, seminars and a written assignment. Multi-disciplinary issues, such as the interface between ecology and fisheries law and enforcement, and eco-labeling are introduced. Teaching is practical oriented, with a number of computer labs, and supplemented, whenever possible, by excursions and fieldwork.
Objective of the course
Successfully completed students should have knowledge and expertise to:
- understand and provide simple research advice on population management
- articulate with other specialists in multidisciplinary settings
...and skills to:
- critically analyze new issues in fisheries and aquaculture management
Finally, the course should contribute so that successful candidates will:
- develop own research skills
Essay on given theme (100% final mark).
Evaluation: A-F, where F is not passed
Participation in the written examination is conditional upon students having participated in seminars and labs.
A re-sit exam will be arranged for the written exam in the next semester
Submission of report (electronically in Fronter and one hard copy at the Faculty) one week after announcement of the essay. Expected submission date in late April.
Review of introductory book on fishery biology (syllabus Bio-3556), as well as reading of hand-outs, publications and University rules posted in Fronter (virtual classroom), are obligatory.
All lab exercises, field reports and seminars, as well as lecture presentations distributed to students, form also part of the syllabus.
It is expected that students have read introductory texts on biology, statistics and scientific writing.
Most readings, exercises and other information about the course are available in Fronter.
Lectures Spring 2012
First attendance: see schedule