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

Last changed: 14 May 2024
Group moving stone in water course. Photo.

Are you interested 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. During the course, you will also learn about relevant European and national legislation, climate change impacts on fish, fishing, and aquatic environment and resource use.

If you are interested in marine and freshwater biology, and want to work with future challenges related to the sustainable management of fishes and aquatic resources, this course is for you.

During the whole course, you will perform an applied ecological project work where you and your course mates adopt a real case in cooperation with actors in fish conservation and management projects.

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, and for students on the Masters in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Food Systems, or as an independent master course, if you fulfill the prerequisites of 15 credits in Biology or Environmental Science.

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

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

  • Freestanding course
  • Language = English
  • Course period: Uppsala, 02 Sept - 31 Oct 2024
  • Prior knowledge. Knowledge equivalent to 180 credits with at least 15 credits Biology or 15 credits Environmental Science. English 6.
  • You apply to the course at




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

Örjan Östman, Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies - basic education
Department of Aquatic Resources, SLU, +46 10 478 41 53