Fisheries Management and Technology

Course: CMM 53

Instructor: James Kennedy

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

Fish and other marine organisms are caught for food and form an important source of protein and macronutrients for people of many countries around the world. Fisheries are also coming under greater scrutiny in regard to their environmental impacts. Given the importance of marine resources, it is essential that they are managed sustainably to prevent overexploitation and minimise the impacts on non-target species and the wider ecosystem. Effective management relies upon input from fisheries science that develop the rules and regulations on not only how much fish and other marine life can be caught, but also where, when and how they can be caught.

This course will cover many aspects of marine and fisheries science. This will include the underlying process that can affect the productivity of different marine ecosystems, benchmarks and reference points used to evaluate stock status, the types of data used in biological assessment, and the theory and practice behind the collection of those data. We will explore models for growth, mortality, and population size. We will also look at the various methods and technologies used in different fisheries, and issues surrounding selectivity bycatch and impacts on the ecosystem.


I am a fisheries biologist at the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI), based in Ísafjörður, and my main job involves research into the biology of lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus) for which I provide management advice. I gained my PhD at the University of Liverpool at the Isle of Man field station before moving to Norway. I moved to Iceland and joined the MFRI in 2013. My previous work has revolved around the reproductive ecology of various fish species including Atlantic cod, Atlantic herring, European plaice, Greenland halibut and capelin. You can find me on twitter @clumpusjim and my website