Quantitative methods for modern fisheries and marine research

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

MANAGEMENT
CONSERVATION
FUTURE SEAS

Operational marine science
University of Bergen

Synopsis

The course is aimed at understanding fisheries in an ecological context and with a global perspective. Topics include the distribution of marine biological resources and responsibility for management of the resources and the importance of fish resources for national economies. Population ecology and fisheries assessment models are covered, as well as the impact of uncertainties in marine data collection and modelling and what that means for management advice.

Objectives

On completion of BIO325 students shall have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- Understand and be able to use modelling tools to study the driving forces of marine productivity
- Understand how physical processes and structure influence the biological interactions and distribution of marine organisms
- Have knowledge of selected habitats and nursery areas/recruitment areas of marine organisms and have an overview of the major inshore and open ocean organisms and their ecology
- Be able to plan and execute field work to answer research questions
- Have basic knowledge of the most common methods for collection of field data for modern marine research
- Be able to explain and evaluate the principles of different sampling approaches, and their strengths and weaknesses
- Be able to process, catalog, and interpret collected field samples and experimental data
- Be able to communicate scientific results from field studies
- Have knowledge of the basic effects of fisheries and harvesting/exploitation of marine biological resources
- Understand and consider the uncertainties in marine data collection and modelling and what that means for management advice
- Have learned to work as part of a team onboard a research ship, following safe practices in field work

Assessment

lab report, oral exam

Involved teachers

Jeppe Kolding jeppe.kolding@uib.no

Contact hours

lectures
20

practicals
4

seminars

computerclass
4

fieldwork
8

other