Fishing Technology

CMM18 Elective course 6 ECTS
Period W11 - W13 09.03.15 - 27.03.15
Instructor Einar Hreinsson


Introduction to the main principles, approaches and issues associated with fishing activities. In addition a briefer introduction to activities with the oil and gas production and mining activities in coastal and marine zones will be given. The course will illustrate the present stage of technology used in the marine environment with emphasis on the potentials, environmental impacts and future development of marine technology.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will:

  • have gained systematic understanding of present fishing technology
  • be able to describe it in details and understand the technological reasons for problems such as overefishing and environmental impacts
  • be able to collect and evaluate scientific information on fishing activities in coastal and marine zones


  • Participation during lectures: 10 % 
  • Exercises during lecture period: 30% (two of 15% each) 
  • Case study paper and poster:   60%  (45% +15%)

Tentative out-of-classroom activity:  Visits to a net loft and a trawler from the local fleet.


Einar Hreinsson holds a position at the Marine Research Institute of Iceland, Ísafjörður branch, as a fisheries Scientist. Mr. Hreinsson has taught similar courses at The University of Akureyrir and at the United Nations University, Fisheries Training Program (UNFTP), in Reykjavík, Iceland.

His main ongoing projects are direct observation of pelagic trawls. Studies of enmeshing and escapement of capelin. Studies of sorting grids for the blue whiting pelagic fisheri and in general fish behaviour and pelagic trawls. Other projects include studies of fish behaviour and experiments with new catching methods. Main reserch interest in general are fish behaviour and fish reactions to fishing gears.

Guest lecturer

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.