Course in Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation (15,0 ECTS)

Last changed: 17 April 2023
Group moving stone in water course. Photo.

Are you interested in in the ecology and sustainable management of fishes and their habitats? In the course Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation you will apply your new knowledge on fish ecology in ongoing fish management and conservation projects and get hands-on training in how to monitor fish populations.

The course provides knowledge in fish ecology and in management of natural resources in freshwater, estuarine and marine environments. It suits those who are interested in marine biology and limnology (freshwater biology) and who want to work with future challenges in the environmental area.

One full year of fish studies

The course Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation can preferably be taken in combination with the course Principles of Fisheries Science . The courses are held during the same term (semester) and form a solid basis for students who want to work nationally or internationally with water and fish management issues. The two courses can also be combined with a thesis project (independent project) which will altogether cover one whole academic year (60 ECTS).

The courses can be taken within the SLU (and partners) Master Programs EnvEuro, Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Food Systems.

”The field trips were some of the main reasons why I chose to take this course. They covered the course content very well and gave me a good overview on current issues within fish ecology”.
-Previous student


Conservation - in both theory and practice

During the course, a larger project work is performed where you and your course mates adopt a real case in cooperation with actors in fish conservation and management projects.

The lectures cover fish ecology (e.g., fish life cycles, spatial fish ecology, fish migration and population genetics), European and national legislation regarding nature and environment, global fisheries issues and resource use aspects such as sport fishing and fisheries policy.

Ecology for fish management and conservation

Meet Magnus Huss. Course leader, and one of the experts in ecology, management and nature conservation that you meet during the course.


Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation



Magnus Huss, Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies - postgraduate education
Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Coastal Research, SLU, +46 10 478 41 27

Andreas Bryhn, Researcher, Director of Studies
Department of Aquatic Resources, SLU, +46 10 478 41 52