Sustainable Fisheries Management

Organized by MAI Zaragoza
Mai Coordinators: Dr. José Luis Sánchez Lizaso

Aims

Great changes have been taking place in the fishing sector in recent times, including: (i) growing demand and high fish prices that are stimulating the increase in fishing effort; (ii) global technological advances that are affecting the structure of the fleets and their fishing capacity; (iii) protection of the environment, which, as in other sectors, is becoming a priority; and (iv) growing importance of the international scope of fisheries. Therefore it is necessary to train young professionals and scientists with multidisciplinary background, so that from both the public and private sectors they can accommodate these changes and develop stable and sustainable fisheries systems.

Objectives

  • To understand the basis and principles governing the behaviour of fisheries systems and their corresponding physical, biological, socioeconomic, legal and institutional subsystems, and to gain further insight into the sector’s problems to be able to provide solutions that may answer its specific demands and take into account a sustainable and high-quality exploitation.
  • To be able to integrate the diverse components conforming fisheries management, and to gain experience in the use of different techniques and methods leading to a more efficient management.
  • To know how to design and assess management strategies in different environments and situations, according to exploited species and technical, environmental and socioeconomic factors, that from a framework of sustainability may increase benefits and competitiveness of fisheries communities and satisfy consumer needs.
  • To assume the responsibility of planning and carrying out, under the supervision of a tutor, but in a manner that must be largely autonomous, a work of initiation to research or to professional practice in fisheries economics and management, whose results may be potentially publishable or applicable.
  • To prove knowledge of the scientific and technical information underpinning the research or professional project conducted, command of the techniques and methodologies relevant to such research or project, and capacity to objectively evaluate the significance of results and conclusions.
  • To know how to communicate the reasoning and conclusions of tutored works carried out in a group or autonomously, to develop skills in the preparation of informative and synthetic documents, and to acquire experience in the preparation and presentation of oral communications delivered and defended before an audience.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - ZARAGOZA PROGRAMME

TRAINING SEQUENCE

The programme is organized in 12 Units (60 ECTS)

Unit 1
15 Oct.- 02 Nov ‘15    INTRODUCTION TO THE MARINE ECOSYSTEM, FISHERIES RESOURCES AND AQUACULTURE (6 ECTS)

Unit 2
03-17 Nov. ‘15    STATISTICAL ANALYSIS AND DATABASE USE (5 ECTS)

Unit 3
18-25 Nov. and 09-10 Dec. ‘15    DYNAMICS OF EXPLOITED FISH POPULATIONS (5 ECTS)

Unit 4
26 Nov.-16Dec.‘15    THEORY AND MODELS FOR FISHERIES EVALUATION (6 ECTS)

Unit 5
17-18 Dec. ’15, 07-12 Jan. and 18-19 Jan. ‘16    BASIC ECONOMICS AND PRODUCTION FACTORS IN FISHERIES (4 ECTS)

Unit 6
20 Jan., 04-05 Feb. and 09-12 Feb. ’16    FISH TRADE AND PROCESSING (4 ECTS)

Unit 7
25 Jan.-03 Feb. ‘16    THEORY AND APPLICATION OF BIOECONOMIC MODELS AND ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATORS (6 ECTS)

Unit 8
10-18 Mar. ’16    INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK, COOPERATION AND RESEARCH (4 ECTS)

Unit 9
17 and 22 Feb., 09 Mar. and 11-15 Apr. ’16    MARITIME LAW AND THE SOCIOCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (5 ECTS)

Unit 10
23 Feb-08 Mar. and 25 Apr. ’16    OBJECTIVES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR FISHERIES POLICIES (5 ECTS)

Unit 11
21 Jan., 15-16 Feb., 21 Mar. and 18 Apr.-06 May ‘16  APPLIED FISHERIES POLICIES (5 ECTS)

Unit 12
28 Oct. and 04 Nov. ’15, 11-15 Apr. and 12-20 May ‘16    INSTITUTIONAL VISITS (5 ECTS)

EXAMINATIONS

Participants take 5 written examinations, each unit being independently graded. Written exams consist of a set of questions that require a concise answer. Lengthy questions are avoided.
Participants may retake failed exams once.
Participants present personal written practical exercises that complement the written examination of Units 5, 6, 8 and 9. Participants present a written report in groups that is presented and defended orally before a jury for its qualification that complement the written examination of Unit 7. Participants prepare a personal written document that is presented and defended to assess the project carried out as practical work in Unit 11, that complement the written examination of this Unit. For the evaluation of Unit 12, participants present written reports on the technical visits.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
The working language is Spanish, therefore participants should prove knowledge of Spanish at the start of the course. From the beginning of July to the end of September IAMZ organizes an intensive course of Spanish for those who require it. In the selection of candidates, knowledge of English is nevertheless valued, as part of the documentation distributed may be written in this language.

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

This part is organized in 2 Units

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (30 ECTS)

The aim of this unit is to provide the prior knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out a research or professional project in a particular topic in the speciality of fisheries economics and management. This unit includes a practical professional stage (Practicum) in which the student, under the supervision of a tutor, works and learns autonomously and benefits from being included in a working team. Training focuses on understanding the scientific-technical objectives of the research or work carried out by the host team on the topic chosen for the Practicum, on the handling of the instrumentation and equipment used by such team, on the identification of sources of knowledge relevant to the topic and on the effective planning of work.

Learning outcomes:

  • To improve skills in the search for scientific and/or technical information, as well as in its selective and systematic treatment.
  • To develop criteria for defining the objectives of a particular research study or professional project.
  • To know how to plan the work in order to best achieve the objectives set and to optimise time.
  • To develop skills in the use of techniques and methodologies relevant to the execution of a research or professional project and to discern the advantages and disadvantages of each one for each particular project.
  • To know how to integrate knowledge and to learn how to analyse and contrast results or strategies.
  • To value the guidance received to plan and develop the work, fostering dialogue, criticism and capacity to work as a member of a team.
  • To develop skills for self-directed learning and autonomous work.
  • To improve the capacity of response to unforeseen situations and the ability to reorient a research or a project if need be.

MASTER THESIS (30 ECTS)

The aim of this unit is to apply previous education received throughout the Master programme to carry out original research or a professional project in the topic chosen in the previous unit, that concludes with the elaboration of a written thesis.

Learning outcomes:

  • To be able to apply previously acquainted knowledge, methods and techniques in a discerning manner.
  • To develop skills in the analysis of problems and in the definition of objectives.
  • To know how to correctly design the diverse experiments included in the research project or the different activities constituting the professional project.
  • To be competent in data collection and analysis according to a pre-established research protocol or project plan.
  • To gain experience in the analysis of results or strategies and the elaboration of conclusions that may contribute to clarify and find possible solutions to problems.
  • To develop skills in the synthesis and presentation of contents and in the preparation of scientific or technical texts.
  • To gain practice in the preparation and presentation of oral communications and in their public defence.
  • To acquire attitudes to favour exchange and collaboration with other researchers and professionals.

 

Research or professional work is carried out in well-recognized institutions (universities, research centres or firms), generally throughout Spain or in the participant's country of origin, under the scientific supervision of a thesis director that must be a doctor of renowned prestige. Participants choose the topic according to their interest of training, which is approved by a Committee. If the participant so requires, the organizing institutions advise on the choice of the most appropriate thesis director and institution to carry out the desired project, and likewise propose topics related to their research activities or other topics of interest previously accorded with other institutions.

The assessment of acquired competences for both units is made by an examining board composed of representatives of the organizing institutions and external members selected in each case for their expertise and prestige in the field of the research or professional work. For the first unit, this assessment is based on: (i) an oral examination by the examining board; (ii) the evaluation done by the thesis director on the performance of the candidate; and (iii) the evaluation based on the reports presented periodically by the participant, with the support of the thesis director, on the development and progress of the research or professional work. For the second unit, assessment is based on quality of the thesis and on its public presentation and defence.

Research or professional activities: most common topics for Master of Science theses

  • Fisheries stock assessment using models and indicators
  • Development and application of bioeconomic modelling tools
  • Fisheries sustainability and management strategies
  • Socio-economic analyses of fishing systems in particular countries or regions
  • Valorization and marketing of sea products
  • Environmental impact of fisheries activities