Fisheries Biology, Management & Conservation

FIREBAC | Semester 3 | 4 ECTS




The course covers how ecological factors may interact with fisheries in affecting stocks at multiple spatio-temporal scales, the multitude of fishing management options presently available, the basic principles of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), sustainability, equity and conservation to improve management of fisheries and the social, economical, historical and cultural implications of fisheries.


Learning outcomes

Student are supposed to 

  • learn more about the biology, life history, evolution and ecology of exploited species.
  • understand population structure and dynamics of exploited populations, functioning and harvesting strategies of different fishing gears.
  • handle fishery samples in laboratory, in the field and on research/fishery vessels.
  • measure size of fish and commercial species, determine age and maturity status. 
  • analyze, interpret and discuss data in a scientific and critical manner, in light of data and theories. 
  • design an experiment or field study to answer questions related to fishery issues. 
  • handle and present quantitative data, and use the most fundamental statistical principles applied to fishery science.



  • Patrice FRANCOUR (UCA, ECOMERS lab)