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Høst 2019

BIO-3003 Fish migration: Theory and technology - 5 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Freshwater Ecology. The course is available as a singular course.

Course contents

Fishes migrate on different spatial and temporal scales, utilising the best suited habitat during different stages of the life cycle to increase individual fitness. The diadromous migrations of salmonids and eels between spawning and feeding habitats are well known examples. Humans have exploited fishes during their migrations for several thousand years, and many migrating species have a high economic value. During this course, insights will be given in ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of fish migrations, migration patterns, orientation, navigation, anthropogenic impacts, and with examples from a range of fish species in northern marine and freshwater systems. The course will also introduce the students to biotelemetry and other tag and tracking methods, with emphasis on use of radio and acoustic transmitters, manual tracking and use of automatic data logging stations, use of sensors measuring physiological and environmental factors, data storage tags, satellite pop-up archival tags, sampling design, tagging techniques, and ethics and animal welfare issues related to fish tagging.

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.

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 7 students. Maximum participants: 20.

Objective of the course



General competence

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures, demonstrations and practical exercises. Two week intensive course.


Oral exam. A graded scale of five marks from A to E for pass and F for fail.

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

Course overlap

BIO-8012 Fish migration: Theory and technology 5 stp
Lectures Autumn 2019
First attendance: October 14th, 09:15 (NFH).
Lectures prof. Audun Håvard Rikardsen
overing. Karin Strand Johannessen
prof. Eva Bonsak Thorstad
Demonstrations and practical exercises uni.lekt. Karin Margrethe Johannessen