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Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation

Are you interested in the ecology and sustainable management of fishes and their habitats? Then, the course Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation is suitable for you. 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 will give you knowledge and training in fish ecology and its applications in aquatic resource management and conservation. It will give you the skills needed for working with national and international water and fisheries management issues. It suits those of you who are interested in fish, marine biology and limnology (freshwater biology) and who want to work in these areas with sustainable management.

The course includes lectures given by researchers specialised on their topics and cover many aspect of fish ecology, as well as aspects of strategies and legislation regarding management and conservation of fish. During the course, you will carry out a project work where you and your course mates adopt a real case in cooperation with actors in fish conservation and management projects. You will also participate in excursions and receive practical training in different types of test-fishing methods and how to efficiently communicate ecological knowledge and information in applied management settings.

2021-07-02
Welcome to Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation!
We will meet 30 August 10:15 in room "T", located in Ulls Hus. See schedule for more info. Please contact course leader Magnus Huss (magnus.huss@slu.se) if you have any questions about the course. Course literature (scientific papers) for each lecture will be found on the learning platform Canvas: https://student.slu.se/en/studies/educational-systems/canvas-learning-platform/

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The course evaluation is open between 2021-10-25 and 2021-11-15

Additional course evaluations for BI1340

Academic year 2021/2022

Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation (BI1340-M1191) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation (BI1340-10226) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation (BI1340-10078) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

BI1340 Ecology for Fish Management and Conservation, 15.0 Credits

Ekologi för fiskevård

Syllabus approved

2018-11-26

Subjects

Biology Environmental science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Equivalent to 120 credits including 60 credits in Natural Science or Technology. Knowledge corresponding to at least 20 credits in Biology, including 7.5 credits in Ecology. English language proficiency demonstrated as English 6 (Swedish secondary school) or equivalent.

Objectives

The course aims at training students in fish ecology and its applications in aquatic resource management and conservation of fish populations in freshwater, coastal and marine environments. This course gives students skills for working with national and international water and fisheries management issues.

After completing the course, students should be able to:
1. Describe essential ecological terms and theory as well as legislation and management goals relevant for fish management and conservation
2. Identify and apply ecological knowledge to current real-life issues in fish management and conservation
3. Evaluate fish management and conservation plans or measures from a fish ecological perspective
4. Summarise and communicate relevant ecological knowledge on aquatic resource management to stakeholders and fish management and conservation organisations

Content

A major part of the course consists of a project work with case studies regarding actual fish management and conservation projects. Students work in groups with representatives of on-going management projects. The students’ task is to formulate the management problem, find and compile ecological knowledge in order to solve management questions, as well as presenting ecological knowledge and proposals for management improvement to stakeholders. Students discuss in seminars the ecological knowledge on fish ecology obtained from scientific literature and how it relates to the identified management problems in the case studies.
In a series of lectures students gain a deeper understanding of essential aspects of fish ecology such as fish migration, fish life cycles, spatial ecology, and population genetics, and broaden their fish management perspectives, which subsequently and where suitable will be implemented in their project work.

The course also encompass current European and national legislation regarding nature and the aquatic environment (for example the Water Framework Directive, Habitat Directive, Marine Directive, Swedish environmental management goals). It also covers fisheries resource aspects (such as commercial and recreational fisheries, the Common Fisheries Policy) that build the frameworks and are the main driving forces for most fish management and conservation activities.

Students will also receive training in efficiently communicating ecological knowledge and information in applied management settings.

Formats and requirements for examination

Completed and approved oral and written presentation of project work and active participation in mandatory seminars.

Grading is based on written report on a case study (groupwise), compilation of a poster, as well as oral presentation of the case study. Grade 4 and 5 requires additional individual written and oral reporting.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Field trips to fish management and conservation projects are included and will be organised as day trips from Ultuna.

Responsible department

Department of Aquatic Resources

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser

Marking scale: 5: Pass with Distinction, 4: Pass with Credit, 3: Pass, U: Fail

Objective: The course aims at training students in fish ecology and its applications in aquatic resource management and conservation of fish populations in freshwater, coastal and marine environments. This course gives students skills for working with national and international water and fisheries management issues.

Learning outcomes: After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. Describe essential ecological terms and theory as well as legislation and management goals relevant for fish management and conservation

2. Identify and apply ecological knowledge to current real-life issues in fish management and conservation

3. Evaluate fish management and conservation plans or measures from a fish ecological perspective

4. Summarize and communicate relevant ecological knowledge on aquatic resource management to stakeholders and fish management and conservation organizations

Learning outcome

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

1

Describe essential ecological terms and theory, as well as legislation and management goals, relevant for fish management and conservation

…discuss how ecological terms and theory relate to different types of fish management and conservation measures

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

2

Identify and apply ecological knowledge to real-life issues in fish management and conservation

…discuss and evaluate the effects of management measures from an ecological perspective

..use ecological knowledge to evaluate and compare the effects of alternative mangement measures

3

Evaluate fish management and conservation plans or measures from a fish ecological perspective

…evaluate and compare fish management and conservation measures based on their expected ecological effects in an applied case

…suggest and motivate fish management and conservation measures based on their expected ecological effects in an applied case

4

Summarize and communicate, in text, orally and with a poster, ecological knowledge on aquatic resource management to stakeholders and organizations

(grade 4 not possible for this learning outcome)

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

Requirements for examination:

Module 1. Active participation in seminars and excursions. Active participation includes: -preparation of course literature before seminar -active contribution to discussions and other learning-teaching activities during the seminars -presentation of progress of case study -giving feedback on other case studies

You are expected to attend all exercises and excursions. Exercises you missed shall be replaced by supplementary assignments which will be assessed depending on the character of the exercise and roughly resembles the time and work load of the exercise.

Module 2. Completed and approved oral and written presentation of project work. Grading is based on a written report about the case study (groupwise), compilation of a poster, as well as oral presentation of the case study.

The group report on the case study consists of a text of 10 to 12 pages (max 15) that includes a description of the case, the management question(s) and the ecological questions, the approach decided in the group to identify and analyse ecological information, discussion and suggestions for management, literature/reference list. The report shall be written as a scientific report.

The group poster presentation includes a real poster illustrating a relevant ecological issue related to the case study. The poster should be used to inform the general public about an ecological aspect that the case study representatives like to inform about. Poster presentations include a motivation why this specific ecological aspect was selected, what scientific work the students have carried out underlying the information presented, as well as an explanation of which visual clues were used to illustrate the information for a wider public.

Module 3. Individual written assignment

The individual written assignment will be in the form of a take-home exam with essay questions based on the lectures.

Grading:

Module 1. Seminars, exercises and supplementary assignments: 3: Pass, U: Fail

Module 2. Case study Report and Poster presentation (group): 3: Pass, U: Fail

Module 3. Individual written assignment: 5: Pass with Distinction, 4: Pass with Credit, 3: Pass, U: Fail

Final grades are based on grades for Module 3, given Grade 3 for both Module 1 and Module 2.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: EnvEuro - European Master in Environmental Science Sustainable Food Systems – Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Environmental science
Course code: BI1340 Application code: SLU-10191 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Aquatic Resources Pace: 100%