Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone?
Fishes play important roles in ecosystems by structuring them and by transferring nutrients up and down in the food webs. They are also important to humans as a food source and income. There is a current concern regarding fish stock depletion, and scientists as well as policymakers around the world are working towards sustainable fisheries goals.
At this course you will meet lecturers with different specialties regarding fish and fisheries, such as marine biologists, limnologists and evolutionary ecologists. You will also meet experts on the fishing industry and sustainable fisheries. You will learn how fish stocks are managed today, and how they could be managed in the future. The course will give you basic understanding of the influence of fisheries on ecosystems, and of the function and significance of fisheries for human societies, in Sweden and globally.
Additional course evaluations for MX0143
Academic year 2022/2023
Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone? (MX0143-10102)
2022-08-29 - 2023-01-15
Academic year 2021/2022
Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone? (MX0143-10309)
2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16
Academic year 2020/2021
Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone? (MX0143-10283)
2020-08-31 - 2021-01-17
Academic year 2019/2020
Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone? (MX0143-10218)
2019-09-02 - 2020-01-19
MX0143 Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone?, 7.5 CreditsHållbarhetsperspektiv på nutida fiske. Vart har alla fiskarna tagit vägen?
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirementsBachelor’s level (G1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge corresponding to basic eligibility for higher education
ObjectivesThe aim of the course is to provide a broad overview around current and future challenges for a sustainable fishery. After finishing the course, the student should:
• Describe the significance of fish in the global food system
• Describe an overall status for the fish stocks based on a number of global and national examples
• Account for basic characteristics of Swedish and international fisheries management
• Discuss different aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, economic) and different sustainability challenges that the fisheries management faces today and will face in the future
• Describe a number of new possible directions for increased sustainability in fisheries.
ContentThe course gives an overview of the state of the fish and its significance as food and other ecosystem services, based on national and international examples. Current fisheries policies and management, as well as a number of sustainability challenges that fisheries management face, are described. The three pillars of sustainability, namely environmental, economic and social aspects, are accounted for. A number of new directions which can make future fisheries more sustainable are discussed.
Tuition is mainly performed as lectures from scientists and different stakeholders, combined with discussion groups. There can also be individual tasks, or tasks performed as group work, including presentations to the other students. A written assignment and presentation of the assignment is compulsary.
All teaching will take place online, since the course is given as a distance course fully online.
Formats and requirements for examinationPassed examination and approved written assignment and approved presentation of the assignment.
- 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.
- 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 informationThe course is student run and is a part of CEMUS (Centre for Environment and Development Studies) which is a collaboration with Uppsala University (http://www.web.cemus.se/).
The study pace is 25% over one term with the predominating part of the curriculumn during evenings.
Department of Aquatic Resources
Introduction, where have all the fishes gone? Jonas Hentati-Sundberg
National Geographic Society
Cooperatives, concessions, and co-management on the Pacific coast of Mexico
McCay, B. J., Micheli, F., Ponce-Díaz, G., Murray, G., Shester, G., Ramirez-Sanchez, S., & Weisman, W.
Incentives, social–ecological feedbacks and European fisheries
Österblom, H., Sissenwine, M., Symes, D., Kadin, M., Daw, T., & Folke, C.
Marine protected areas. Stefan Skoglund
The impact of marine reserves: do reserves work and does reserve size matter?
Halpern, B. S.
Transitions toward co-management: the process of marine resource management devolution in three east African countries
Cinner, J.E., Daw, T.M., McClanahan, T.R., Muthiga, N., Abunge, C., Hamed, S., Mwaka, B., Rabearisoa, A., Wamukota, A., Fisher, E., Jiddawi N.
Fish as a food resource. Malin Jonell
Will fish be part of future healthy and sustainable diets?
Bogard, J. R., Farmery, A. K., Little, D. C., Fulton, E. A., & Cook, M.
Bycatches and developing equipment. Sara Königsson
Competition for the fish–fish extraction from the Baltic Sea by humans, aquatic mammals, and birds
Hansson, S., Bergström, U., Bonsdorff, E., Härkönen, T., Jepsen, T., Kautsky, L., Lundström, K., Lunneryd, S-G., Ovegård, M., Salmi, J., Sendek, D., & Vetemaa, M.
Low impact and fuel efficient fishing—Looking beyond the horizon
Suuronen, P., Chopin, F., Glass, C., Løkkeborg, S., Matsushita, Y., Queirolo, D., & Rihan, D.
Recreational fishing. Göran Sundblad
The role of recreational fishing in global fish crises
Cooke, S. J., & Cowx, I. G.
Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment
Hyder, K., Weltersbach, M. S., Armstrong, M., Ferter, K., Townhill, B., Ahvonen, A., et al. & Borch, T.
Governing the recreational dimension of global fisheries
Arlinghaus, R., Abbott, J.K., Fenichel, E.P., Carpenter, S.R., Hunt, L.M., Alós, J., Klefoth, T., Cooke, S.J., Hilborn, R., Jensen, O.P., Wilberg, M.J., Post, J.R., Manfredo, M.J.
Catch me if you can
Evolutionary induced effects of fishing. Shaun Killen
A physiological perspective on fisheries-induced evolution
Hollins, J., Thambithurai, D., Koeck, B., Crespel, A., Bailey, D. M., Cooke, S. J., Lindström, J., Parsons, K. J., & Killen, S. S.
Shoal size as a key determinant of vulnerability to capture under a simulated fishery scenario
Thambithurai, D., Hollins, J., Van Leeuwen, T., Rácz, A., Lindström, J., Parsons, K., & Killen, S. S.
Current research: management based on ecosystems. Andreas Bryhn
Key principles of marine ecosystem-based management
Long, R. D., Charles, A., & Stephenson, R. L.
Ecosystem-based fisheries management: Perception on definitions, implementations, and aspirations.
Trochta, J. T., Pons, M., Rudd, M. B., Krigbaum, M., Tanz, A., & Hilborn, R.
Freshwater fisheries. Katarina Magnusson
- literature to be announced