spring 2019
BIO-3512 Early life of marine fish - 10 ECTS

Last changed 31.10.2019

Application deadline

Concerns only admission to singular courses: Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Master course for biology students and masterstudents in fishery science -  The course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Local admission, application code 9371 - - Master`s level singular course.

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.

Course overlap

BIO-307 Early life history of fishes 6 stp

Course content

Initially the course gives an introduction to the reproductive patterns and gonad development of fishes, followed by a detailed description of egg and larval development, metamorphosis, larval feeding, behaviour, growth, predation and starvation; including factors affecting these processes. Fish larval ecology, factors determining recruitment and sampling methods are also focused. Examples from the various themes are given from both field and experimental situations. A laboratory course is included and both living and fixed gonads, eggs, larvae and juveniles from selected species are studied.

Objectives of the course

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
  • demonstrate broad insight in reproductive strategies and gonad development of marine fish
  • describe embryo- and larval development of fish, including variations in developmental patterns between species
  • understand the biology and functionality of early life history stages of fish
  • summarize environmental factors that affect development and growth
  • explain the causes for variable egg- and larval survival and growth in nature and culture
  • have some insight into egg/larval sampling methodology and species identification
  • produce scientific essay based on broad knowledge of relevant literature

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course has multiple teaching approaches.


Essay (counts 40 %), 4 hours written examination (counts 60 %). The lab.report must be approved prior to exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BIO-3512