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Høst 2020

BIO-3556 Fishery Biology and Harvest Technology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

This subject is obligatory in the Master's programme in International Fisheries Management" (IFM). The course can also be taken as a singular course

Course contents

Fishery biology deals with worldwide fisheries, value-chains and ecological research. We focus on traditional methods to investigate exploited organisms, such as determination of population parameters and field work for direct estimation of fish density. The concept of a fishery model is introduced, and we adapt this theory to widely diverse species, fisheries and level of information available. This helps us making simple quantitative predictions of the suitability of different exploitation regimes. Harvest technology deals with a general description of the most common fishing methods and a brief description of the vessel technology used in different parts of the world. We deal with fish behavior, operation methods, basics on the selective fisheries, fish detection and density estimation with hydro-acoustics during ecosystem surveys. New developments in the pursuit of energy efficient and environmentally adequate gear, by-catch reduction, and user-friendly technology, are addressed.  These developments include also capture-based aquaculture. We give, in addition, a brief introduction to the monitoring, control and enforcement of technical measures in regulated capture fisheries.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9371 Entrance requirements as for the M.Sc.programme in International Fishery Management.

Objective of the course



General competences:

Language of instruction

The language of instruction and all syllabus material is English.

Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, practical labs, short excursions and research cruise. A major component of learning in this course is self-study of basic concepts. Each student holds up to two presentations on given topics or articles and discusses them in class.

The learning outcomes can only be fully achieved through active student participation. Students are expected to prepare before every session.


Student evaluation relies on two projects:

A graded scale of 5 marks from A - E for pass, and F for fail.

Re-Sit: A re-sit  is offered the following semester. The student(s) must retake the part(s) of the exams he/she failed (improved version of the field report and/or the individual report).

Date for examination

Field report 1 hand out date 26.10.2020 hand in date 09.11.2020;Report 2 hand out date 02.12.2020 hand in date 16.12.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

FSK-2020 Sustainable fisheries 10 stp
Lectures Autumn 2020
First attendance: See schedule
Lectures prof. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
forsker Erik Berg
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
f.aman. Melania Borit
f.aman. Jesse Vallevik Brinkhof
Seminars - in classroom prof. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
f.aman. Melania Borit
Ivan Tatone
f.aman. Jesse Vallevik Brinkhof
Cruise prof. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
f.aman. Jesse Vallevik Brinkhof
Excursion prof. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Roger Bertram Larsen
f.aman. Melania Borit
Ivan Tatone
PC-lab - in classroom prof. Antonio Jorge Fonseca Antunes Santos
f.aman. Melania Borit