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Sustainable Utilization of Marine Resources



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

The course consists of several topics that are partly taught in parallel and partly integrated to obtain a holistic approach to marine knowledge. The first topic encompass an introduction to the most important physical processes in the atmosphere and the oceans, climate and the oceans, biological production processes in the sea, the energy flow in the marine food web, the most important living marine resources, our most important species and fish stocks. Methods for surveillance, modelling and protection of the fish stocks are presented. The next theme deals with the history of fisheries and the present global and national situation in fisheries and aquaculture, national and international law, marine recourse management as well as national rules and regulations. Furthermore, an introduction to ethical questions is given, as well as insights into conflicts and conflict resolution, relations between fishers and fisheries management, principles for sustainable development and responsible fishing. Attention is also given to marine technology, its history, development and usage in fishery- and aquaculture systems. The effects of technology on the environment, the consequences of energy intensive fishing, unwanted catch, by-catches, ghost-fishing and the use of selective fishing gears is also dealt with.These questions will be illuminated by a variety of lab- exercises excursions as well as demonstrations on board the University's research vessel. The fourth theme deals with the value-chain in fisheries and aquaculture, production and productivity is defined, simple linear models for production in fisheries and aquaculture are demonstrated as well as simple methods for technical, biological and economic design of systems for fishing and aquaculture, Methods and criteria used for project evaluation are also dealt with.

Learning outcomes

To give students from different departments/disciplines studying Ocean Resources a common platform enabling them to communicate and cooperate efficiently in multi-disciplinary activities and projects. The sustainability concept is a core integrator in the course. The course shall enable the students to describe and understand the most important physical and biological processes in the oceans, important elements in marine technology, basic element in marine systems design, as well as some knowledge of methods for project evaluation. One objective is to enable the students to combine knowledge of the physical and biological marine systems with insight into the design, construction and operation of man-made technical and biological system for sustainable utilization of living resources in the sea-environmental, social and economical sustainability.


ISCED Categories

Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management