Course Information


The aim of this course is to connect the management perspectives of the different disciplines in order to achieve an over all perspective on fisheries management based on thorough knowledge within all areas.

Course description

FSK-3007 is a multidisciplinary course where topics of previous courses are discussed and elaborated within an interdisciplinary perspective.  The course also includes discussions on practical management issues and methodology currently in use, and biological, social and economic consequences in long and short time perspectives. The course makes a clear distinction between political objectives and necessary management means to be used in order to obtain the objectives. The problems of conflicting objectives, uncertainty and external interests are also discussed. Fisheries development is also focused and discussed in the context of community and society development.

Course topics:

  1. Theories of science
  2. Different traditions; economics, social science and biology
  3. The history of fisheries management
  4. ITQs, IVQs, FQs and fleet diversity
  5. Harvest control rules (HCR) and fuzzy logic
  6. Ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAF) and MPAs
  7. Small-scale fisheries and poverty
  8. Academic writing, style and format
  9. Summary and overview (How to adapt modern fisheries management to a different setting


  • Okasha, Samir. Philosophy of science: A very short introduction. Vol. 67. Oxford University Press, 2002. (1)
  • Lipscomb, T. (2010). Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems: A Revolutionary View of the Nature of Mathematical Pursuits. Marshall University. (1)
  • Rozwadowski, H.M. The sea knows no boundaries ICES 2002. Chapters 1, 3 and 5 (3)
  • Menezes, A., A. Eide and J. Raakjær (2011). Moving Out of Poverty: Conditions for Wealth Creation in Small-Scale Fisheries in Mozambique. In Jentoft and Eide (2011), Poverty Mosaics: Realities and Prospects in Small-Scale Fisheries: 407-425. (3, 7)
  • Hersoug, B. Unfinished business. New Zealand's experience with rights-based fisheries management. Eburon 2002, Chapter 12 (4)
  • Zadeh, L. A. (1996). Fuzzy logic= computing with words. Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on 4(2): 103-111. (5)
  • EAF Toolbox, FAO 2012 (6)
  • Béné, Christophe, Bjørn Hersoug, and Edward H. Allison. Not by rent alone: analysing the pro‐poor functions of small‐scale fisheries in developing countries. Development Policy Review 28.3 (2010): 325-358. (7)
  • Eide, A., M. Bavinck and J. Raakjær (2011). Avoiding Poverty: Distributing Wealth in Fisheries. In Jentoft and Eide (2011), Poverty Mosaics: Realities and Prospects in Small-Scale Fisheries: 13-25. (7)
  • A few more articles may be added later

Optional reading:


Arne Eide,
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