Welcome to Advanced Topics in the Management of Marine Ecosystems

Description: The focus of the course is on advanced topics within an ecosystem approach to marine management. The governance and knowledge management issues involved, however, are general enough to be of use to any student interested in the management of complex environmental problems.
The scale of the requirements for the effective management of marine ecosystems continues to grow along multiple dimensions. Larger areas need to be covered, more issues need to be addressed, more stakeholders need to be involved and more communities, nations, regions and multilateral agencies need to find ways to cooperate. We begin with an introduction describing the cumulative impacts of these many simultaneous increases in the extent and complexity of the marine management problem. Then we focus on three topics where people, particularly in Europe, are examining possible responses.
The first is development of cooperation between national and sub-national governments at the level of regional seas such as the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
The second is the involvement of both governments and stakeholders in spatial planning exercises in which ways to share and care for marine space are negotiated between sectors such as energy, transportation, conservation, aquaculture and fisheries.
The third topic examines the problem of multi-species, mixed fisheries i.e., situations where many fish species are vulnerable to being caught by many combinations of fishing vessels and gears. The management of such fisheries approaches at a lower level both the scale and complexity an ecosystem-based approach. However, unlike the ecosystem approach itself, it is a problem about which a great deal of practical experience and related empirical research has accumulated. After a review of this experience, we introduce two techniques that have a track record for within mixed fisheries and discuss their possible wider application. These are the notions of “results based management” and differing forms of access rights in fisheries. These are both systems for reducing information management and decision making problems in extremely complex situations.

Organizer: Alyne Delaney, email: ad@ifm.aau.dk

Lecturers: Alyne Delaney, email: ad@ifm.aau.dk

ECTS: 2 for reading, preparation and attendance, 5 with an optional paper


Tuesday, oct 29 13:00 Start time

Wednesday oct 30 9:00 - 16:00

Thursday, oct 31 09:00- 12:00

Place:Aalborg University, Skibbrogade 5, B1-18, 9000 Aalborg.

Zip code: 9000

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: October 8, 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.