autumn 2017

BIO-3516 The biological basis of fisheries science - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 19.01.2018

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

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 students at the program "Fisker - og havbruksvitenskap" - ressursforvaltning. Also master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in ¿Marine Ecology and Resource Biology¿. 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.

The course will be arranged with a munimum number of 5 students.

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-2506 Introduction to fish biology, BIO-2507 Fisheries Biologyor BIO-2505 Fish Biology, BIO-2507 Fisheries Biology

Course content

The course is based on themes that show marine ecology and oceanography as an integrated part of fisheries science. New and pertinent topics may vary from year to year but basic themes include trophic relationships, population concepts, recruitment processes, distribution and migration, and climatic effects. Special attention is paid to populations in boreal and arctic waters. At the start of the course the student must have basic knowledge in aquatic ecology and fish biology at the university level. The course is particularly relevant for MSc and PhD students.

Objectives of the course

Students that have accomplished BIO 3516 The biological fundamentals of fisheries science should be able to:
  • put climate change and human intervention into contexts of biodiversity, trophic interactions and population dynamics in northern marine ecosystems.
  • follow the development of marine biological topics  through  history, i.e. from the classic works to present day science.
  • critically evaluate, use and discuss scientific literature (web-based or printed) and ask pertinent questions.
  • critically prepare and present a 15 min talk and a ~15 pp essay on a given subject based upon published literature.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lecture ¿ 28 h, colloquium ¿ 8 h. By the end of the course, the student gives a ~15 min oral presentation on a written term paper (~10 pp).


Oral examination (60 % of mark) and term paper (40 % of mark). 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.


Course overlap

F-231 Biological basis of fisheries 10 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

 Syllabus and reading list will be announced prior to course start.


Christiansen, Jørgen Schou

Professor dr.philos.
Telefon: +4777646138


Andreassen, Siv

Telefon: +4777646381