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ZO5806: FISHERIES SCIENCE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

The course, which includes a significant contribution from Marine Scotland’s Science’s Marine Laboratory Aberdeen, introduces students to the essential elements of fisheries science. It consists of three main sections: fishing technology and behaviour, fishery independent methods, and stock assessment techniques. Ultimately it will equip students with the basic knowledge and skills required to assess the abundance and distribution of fish and to understand key elements of the provision of advice for fisheries management.

 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Paul George Fernandes

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course, which includes a significant contribution from Marine Scotland’s Science’s Marine Laboratory Aberdeen, introduces students to the essential elements of fisheries science. It consists of three main sections: fishing technology and behaviour, fishery independent methods, and stock assessment techniques. Ultimately it will equip students with the basic knowledge and skills required to assess the abundance and distribution of fish and to understand key elements of the provision of advice for fisheries management.

The first part covers the various types of fishing methods, as well as measurement and observation in fishing gear experiments. Various behavioural concepts are covered including swimming and fish sensory systems. 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.

The second part 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 final part covers stock assessment introducing students to ideas about analysing fisheries data and applying both classic and modern fisheries science models. The course is based on a series of computer-based practicals which deal with three main concepts: cohort analysis using fisheries data, separable analysis using survey data, and length-based stock assessment. Extensive use will be made of both Excel spreadsheets and (for the first two concepts) the R programming language.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 5 Seminars during University weeks 31 - 32
  • 4 Seminars during University weeks 33 - 34
  • 7 Seminars during University week38
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 31 - 32, 34, 39

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

individual written feedback on submission

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

formative feedback during practical, individualised written feedback on submission

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandto distinguish between types of fishing gear, describe fish capture processes and differentiate between responses of different fish to different gear
ConceptualEvaluateto distinguish between survey types, employ fishery survey statistics, explain basics of fisheries acoustics and apply principles and methods of stock assessment and fisheries analysis
ProceduralCreatedesign and analyse an acoustic survery
ProceduralApplywrite appropriate computer code and utilise R functions in relation to fisheries analysis and stock assessment

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