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Course Overview

The course, which includes a significant contribution from Marine Scotland’s Science’s Marine Laboratory Aberdeen, introduces students to fishing gear and fish behaviour in relation to gear, and to fishery independent survey methods to assess abundance and distribution.  Particular emphasis is given to describing the acoustic survey method.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 5.5 credits (2.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Fernandes

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSc Ecology & Environmental Sustainability or MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology or MSci Biological Sciences
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI5009 Experimental Design and Analysis (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or BI4015 Grant Proposal (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers fishery independent (survey) methods, with emphasis on the acoustic survey technique. Lectures are given on each of the main survey methods: acoustic, trawl, larvae, egg and TV surveys. The general design concept, relating to all types of survey, is addressed in a lecture and illustrated through a practical as applied to acoustic surveys. Particular attention is then given to the more complex acoustic survey technique. Lectures cover the physics of sound, acoustic instruments, the acoustic properties of fish and methods of biomass estimation. An acoustic survey data analysis lecture is followed by a practical which details the procedures from acoustic measurement to a global estimate of abundance. Lectures are also given covering survey statistics common to all methods, including one on geostatistics.  The other part of the course describes the various types of fishing methods, as well as measurement and observation in fishing gear experiments. Various behavioural concepts are covered in relation to the capture process. The concept of selectivity is described in theoretical detail and is then followed by a description of the various selectivity techniques and a review of unaccounted mortality.

Associated Costs


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • MSc Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology

Contact Teaching Time

34 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


The module will be assessed based on 2-graded practicals (70% for analysis and 30% for design)

Formative Assessment




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