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Fisheries Ecology, 15 cr 


Course contents

  • Fishing equipment and methods, their selectivity, direct and indirect consequences for aquatic populations and habitats.
  • Statistical methods for estimating fish numbers and handling uncertainties.
  • Calculating the relation between fish population sizes and recruitment.
  • Evaluating population dynamics in systems of different complexity, from unstructured single-species systems to structured populations and multi-species systems.
  • Illustration of direct and indirect effects of different harvesting and management strategies.
  • The fishing industry's socio-economic and bio-economic significance.

Course aims

The aim of the course is to provide:

  • basic knowledge of sampling methods for fish and crustaceans.
  • practical experience in estimating population sizes and in assessing the uncertainties associated with such estimates.
  • practical experience in carrying out virtual population analyses (simulations).
  • practical experience in giving management recommendations, based on population analyses, for long-term sustainable exploitation of aquatic resources.
  • basic knowledge of different methods and strategies for managing or harvesting aquatic organisms.
  • insights into factors considered when fixing fishing quotas.
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Study coordinator

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor
Education office, Ecology building

Telephone: +46 46-222 37 28
E-mail: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator

Anders Persson
Senior lecturer
Aquatic ecology

Phone: +46 46-222 83 67

E-mail: Anders [dot] Persson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature

You find all literature at our course literature page

Course period

The course is offered during the second period of the autumn semester.The language of instruction is English.

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