Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean

6 June 09:00 - 18 June 17:00 2012

@ Reykjavik, Iceland

Graduate level course in Marine and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Iceland The University of Iceland offers a series of intensive graduate level courses in Marine and Fisheries Sciences during summer, aimed at students pursuing a degree in fisheries science, marine ecology, or biological oceanography. The program is focused on providing graduate students a one of a kind, immersive experience in fisheries ecology, marine resource management and marine conservation, within the perspective of climate change. Courses and hands-on fieldwork are conducted at various locations in Iceland, to take advantage of the geographical diversity and enable students to experience a few of the many ‘University Nature Centres’ established in fishing villages throughout Iceland. It is a great opportunity to experience the magic of the long summer ‘nights’ of midnight sun and the natural wonders of Iceland while taking courses and making international connections that will prove useful in your graduate studies and beyond. All lectures are conducted in English by professors and researchers at the University of Iceland. Additional lectures are conducted by invited guest speakers internationally recognized for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields. Courses vary in size from 2–8 ECTs and each lasts a period of 1–3 weeks. Each course consists of a mixture of formal lectures, discussion groups, field or laboratory exercises, and computer modelling. In some of the courses, students are expected to complete 1–2 weeks of preparation prior to their arrival in Iceland. Fisheries Ecology: Management and Conservation of Marine Resources in a Changing Ocean In order to reliably define the conditions under which fisheries can sustainably operate in the long-term, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the influence of human activities and ocean climate on the ecology of the stocks in question. Climatic variation has been shown to affect behaviour and distribution of marine organisms. Changes in all of our major fish stocks have occurred in recent decades due to trends in ocean climate. Commercial fishing has also altered those which are exploited, at both the inter- and intra-stock levels. Most often, mortality imposed by fishing is considerably higher than that which occurs naturally. In addition, fishing is inherently selective. Accumulating evidence indicates that fishing has influenced the phenotypic and genetic structure, production, sustainability and recovery potential of harvested stocks. This course will focus on the ecology of exploited marine fish resources, with particular emphasis on the effects that ocean climate and human activities have on the physiology, biology and behaviour of fish populations. By the end of this course the students should be able to: i) Identify where the effects of climate change are most likely to manifest themselves within the biological hierarchy; ii) Recognize the potential impact of changing climate to conservation and management strategies; iii) Discuss the importance of considering both biotic and abiotic aspects of marine ecosystems for conservation and management of marine resources; iv) Integrate biological and ecological concepts into conservation and management strategies; v) Evaluate the effectiveness of marine conservation and management strategies in the face of a changing climate; vi) Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, interpret, and present (in a written form) data as part of a collaborative team. Other courses on offer in 2012: Data Analysis for Scientists using R (May 28 – June 4) Studying Marine mammals in the Wild (June 23 – July 2)

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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