WETS1041 Fish stock assessment and fisheries management (6 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


Basic population parameters mortality, growth and recruitment, and their dependence on population density and environmental variables, population density estimation, fishing effort, CPUE and sustainable yield, dynamic pool models, surplus yield models, principles of economics, stochastic simulation. Contemporary views of fisheries management process and operation, coping with uncertainty and risk, precaution principle. Emphasis on small scale inland fisheries.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course a student should be able to assess the status of fish stocks, understand the central population parameters and be able to estimate their values from data. A student should be able to explain qualitatively the population level consequences of increase in fishing effort and be able to build a dynamic population simulator using EXCEL for more quantitative analysis of this issue. She/he should be able to explain the components and cyclical operational process of fisheries management and identify the uncertainties lying in this process and the risks stemming from them and should know the basic principles of risk management. A student should be able to explain the relevance of social, economic and institutional issues in the context of sustainability of fisheries. After attending the course sessions and reading about 10 recent articles a student should be able to discuss the topics put forward in the group discussion.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Exam, learning portfolio, group discussion, project seminar.
Time of teaching:
Period 3, Period 2
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (6 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Exam, learning portfolio, group discussion based on literature, project seminar.