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Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone?

This online course is aimed for those of you who want to learn more about fish and fisheries. During lectures given in the evening, you will learn about how to combine lakes and seas full of life with sustainable fisheries. The course provides a broad overview of current and future challenges for sustainable fisheries.

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.

This online course is aimed for those of you who want to learn more about fish and fisheries. You will learn about how to combine lakes and seas full of life with sustainable fisheries. The course provides a broad overview of current and future challenges for sustainable fisheries.

The course will be given fully online, with lectures given in the evening. Study pace is 25%.

Contact me if you have any questions!

Josefin Sundin: josefin.sundin@slu.se

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MX0143 Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone?, 7.5 Credits

Hållbarhetsperspektiv på nutida fiske. Vart har alla fiskarna tagit vägen?

Syllabus approved

2018-12-13

Subjects

Environmental science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

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

Knowledge corresponding to basic eligibility for higher education

Objectives

The 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.

Content

The course consists of three segments. In the first segment, a basic report 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 are also described. In the second segment, a number of sustainability challenges that fisheries management changes are described. Environmental, economic and social aspects are accounted for. In the third segment, 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. The interaction between lecturer and students is important and student groups are thereby responsible for preparing questions to the lecturer before each lecture. Participation in the discussion groups are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved individual assignments and group assignment and presence at mandatory course parts.
  • 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

The 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.

Responsible department

Department of Aquatic Resources

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)

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

Objectives:

The 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 be able to:

  1. Describe the significance of fish in the global food system
  2. Describe an overall status for the fish stocks based on a number of global and national examples
  3. Account for basic characteristics of Swedish and international fisheries management
  4. Discuss different aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, economic) and different sustainability challenges that the fisheries management faces today and will face in the future
  5. Describe a number of new possible directions for increased sustainability in fisheries.

Grading criteria

Learning outcome

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

1

Describe the significance of fish in the global food system

(grade 4 not possible for this learning outcome)

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

2

… Describe an overall status for the fish stocks based on a number of global and national examples

(grade 4 not possible for this learning outcome)

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

3

… Account for basic characteristics of Swedish and international fisheries management

(grade 4 not possible for this learning outcome)

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

4

Discuss different aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, economic) and different sustainability challenges that the fisheries management faces today and will face in the future

… Critically discuss different aspects of sustainability (environmental, social, economic), and different sustainability challenges that the fisheries management faces today and will face in the future.

(grade 5 not possible for this learning outcome)

5

… Describe a number of new possible directions for increased sustainability in fisheries.

… Discuss a number of new possible directions for increased sustainability in fisheries.

… Critically discuss a number of new possible directions for increased sustainability in fisheries.

Requirements for examination:

Approved individual assignment (interview), approved written exam and presence at mandatory course parts, including participation at lectures, reading course literature, and participation in discussions.

Individual assignment: Interview with a policymaker/stakeholder/researcher.

The assignment consists of three parts: 1). Preparation including writing a short summary on the chosen interview topic and preparation of questions, and discussion with the fellow students to improve the interview questions. 2). Perform the interview and write a summary. 3). Present the topic with background and the interview summary to fellow students, followed by a discussion. All parts of the interview are mandatory.

Written exam: Towards the end of the course, there will be an individual written assignment in the form of essay questions based on the lectures.

Participation at lectures and discussions: There will be 8 lectures given by invited lecturers. The students should read the course literature prior to each lecture. Active participation at the lectures and in the discussions is mandatory to pass the course. The students can miss out on a maximum of 2 lectures. In such an event, a summary of the lecture based on the recorded presentation and literature shall be written.

The grade will be based on the quality of the individual assignment, the quality of the written exam, and the participation at lectures and in discussions.

1) Sustainable fishing
Author: National Geographic Society
Comments: Literature for lecture 2. Introduction, where have all the fishes gone? Jonas Hentati-Sundberg.
2) Will fish be part of future healthy and sustainable diets?
Author: Bogard, J. R., Farmery, A. K., Little, D. C., Fulton, E. A., & Cook, M.
Comments: Literature for lecture 3. Fish as a food resource. Malin Jonell.
3) Cooperatives, concessions, and co-management on the Pacific coast of Mexico
Author: McCay, B. J., Micheli, F., Ponce-Díaz, G., Murray, G., Shester, G., Ramirez-Sanchez, S., & Weisman, W.
Comments: Literature for lecture 2. Introduction, where have all the fishes gone? Jonas Hentati-Sundberg.
4) Incentives, social–ecological feedbacks and European fisheries
Author: Österblom, H., Sissenwine, M., Symes, D., Kadin, M., Daw, T., & Folke, C.
Comments: Literature for lecture 2. Introduction, where have all the fishes gone? Jonas Hentati-Sundberg.
5) Key principles of marine ecosystem-based management
Author: Long, R. D., Charles, A., & Stephenson, R. L.
Comments: Literature for lecture 5. Current research: management based on ecosystems. Andreas Bryhn.
6) Ecosystem-based fisheries management: Perception on definitions, implementations, and aspirations.
Author: Trochta, J. T., Pons, M., Rudd, M. B., Krigbaum, M., Tanz, A., & Hilborn, R.
Comments: Literature for lecture 5. Current research: management based on ecosystems. Andreas Bryhn.
7) Competition for the fish–fish extraction from the Baltic Sea by humans, aquatic mammals, and birds
Author: 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.
Comments: Literature for lecture 8. Bycatches and developing equipment. Sara Königsson.
8) Low impact and fuel efficient fishing—Looking beyond the horizon
Author: Suuronen, P., Chopin, F., Glass, C., Løkkeborg, S., Matsushita, Y., Queirolo, D., & Rihan, D.
Comments: Literature for lecture 8. Bycatches and developing equipment. Sara Königsson.
9) The role of recreational fishing in global fish crises
Author: Cooke, S. J., & Cowx, I. G.
Comments: Literature for lecture 9. Recreational fishing. Göran Sundblad.
10) Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context—Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment
Author: Hyder, K., Weltersbach, M. S., Armstrong, M., Ferter, K., Townhill, B., Ahvonen, A., et al. & Borch, T.
Comments: Literature for lecture 9. Recreational fishing. Göran Sundblad.
11) Justification theory for the analysis of the socio-cultural value of fish and fisheries: The case of Baltic salmon
Author: Ignatius, S., & Haapasaari, P.
Comments: Literature for lecture 11. Social sustainability in fisheries. Milena Arias-Schreiber.
12) The community: a missing link of fisheries management
Author: Jentoft, S.
Comments: Literature for lecture 11. Social sustainability in fisheries. Milena Arias-Schreiber.
13) Shoal size as a key determinant of vulnerability to capture under a simulated fishery scenario
Author: Thambithurai, D., Hollins, J., Van Leeuwen, T., Rácz, A., Lindström, J., Parsons, K., & Killen, S. S.
Comments: Literature for lecture 13. Evolutionary induced effects of fishing. Shaun Killen.
14) A physiological perspective on fisheries-induced evolution
Author: Hollins, J., Thambithurai, D., Koeck, B., Crespel, A., Bailey, D. M., Cooke, S. J., Lindström, J., Parsons, K. J., & Killen, S. S.
Comments: Literature for lecture 13. Evolutionary induced effects of fishing. Shaun Killen.
16) Transitions toward co-management: the process of marine resource management devolution in three east African countries
Author: 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.
17) Governing the recreational dimension of global fisheries
Author: 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.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Environmental science
Course code: MX0143 Application code: SLU-10309 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Aquatic Resources Pace: 25%