Postgraduate course

Fish capture and monitoring

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeBIO336
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester


This course has a limited capacity, enrolment is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 2 for the spring semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity

You will receive confirmation of whether you received a spot in Studentweb no later than Tuesday the week after the deadline.

The time of the first lecture/orientation meeting can be found in the schedule on the course website or on the Mitt UiB learning platform.

The course runs only if enough students enrol.

Objectives and Content

The lectures provide an introduction to the requirements for sustainable and environmentally friendly fishing. FAO's classification of fishing gear will be described. In addition, the construction and fishing operations of different fishing gear will be discussed and how biological requirements are needed to insure efficient fishing. There will be special emphasis on showing the importance of fish behaviour and response to stimuli as tools for capture efficiency and selectivity. Selection mechanisms in various fishing gear and methods to estimate selection will be presented. In addition to lectures, there will be a visit to a net factory.

Learning Outcomes

- Knowledge of how fishing can affect the fishing resources and the environments

- Knowledge of the main fishing methods/fishing tools used globally

- Be able to describe how fishing gear such as gillnets, longlines, trawls and purse seines are constructed

- Have a basic knowledge of the behaviour of fish to gear such as gillnets, longlines and trawls, and how behavioural and environmental factors can affect catching results

- Knowledge of the gear parameters that affect the efficiency as well as the species- and size-selectivity of gear such as gillnets, longlines and trawls

- Understand the methods for quantifying mesh selection in gillnets and trawls

Recommended Previous Knowledge

BIO240 or BIO325, BIO280.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Obligatory calculation exercises

Forms of Assessment

Oral examination

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

Students will evaluate the course in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the Department. You can find courseevaluations in the Quality Assurance Reports.


Contact Information

Contact the Study Section at the Department of Biological Sciences: studie@bio.uib.no