Course in Principles of Fisheries Science – 15.0 ECTS

Last changed: 08 March 2023
Seagulls and fishing boat

How much can we fish without jeopardising fish stocks and ecosystems? Fisheries science is the field that answers that question. In the course Principles of Fisheries Science you will learn all about the trade, from data collection and stock assessments to scientific advice and fisheries management.

The course provides students theoretical understanding and practical skills in the principles of fisheries science: from fish ecology, population dynamics and stock analyses to scientific advice and fisheries management actions. The course caters to students who are interested in fish, fisheries, marine biology and limnology and who want to learn more about sustainable use and conservation of our natural resources.

One full year of fish studies

The course Principles of Fisheries Science can preferably be taken in combination with the course Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation. 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).

Fish  - in both theory and practice

An excursion to Lysekil on the Swedish west coast is included in the course. At Lysekil, you will participate in a trawling survey onboard SLU Aqua’s research vessel M/S Hålabben.

“Principles of Fisheries Science is a great course for students who are interested in fisheries modelling and stock assessment science, where the return in knowledge exchanged for the 10 weeks of course time is very high. The course touches on a variety of topics that are relevant in the context of fisheries science”.
- Previous student


Principles of Fisheries Science



Valerio Bartolino, Researcher
Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Marine Research, SLU, +46 10 478 40 58

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