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BI8091 - The biology of wild and cultured fish and their interactions


The aim of the course is to provide students with state-of-art knowledge of the biology of wild and cultured fishes, and their interactions, with emphasis on salmonid fishes. Lecturers come from all Nordic countries as well as Canada and present their own work as well as recent international research. In-depth knowledge will be provided on juvenile biology, including population regulation, growth and behavior. Emphasis is put on phenotypic plasticity in relation to environmental cues, and on how artificial rearing environments may be adjusted to produce more ‘wild-like’ phenotypes. 

Group projects

The course provides opportunities for students to conduct an experiment at the research station. This research study will be arranged as a group project and conducted and/or initiated while at Ims.

Project information


The literature covering the course will be both articles and book chapters (total of 375 pages). Due to the short timeframe of the course lecturing, the students are expected to read the literature in advance.



Examination will be based on the students participation in discussions and planning, as well as an essay (written afterwards) based on the group project. The course will give 7.5 credit points.


Schedule (updated 2011-03-05)

Further information

There will be no fee for the course itself, but the students need to cover travel expenses, accommodation and meals themselves.

Accommodation will be at Kronen Gaard Hotel, 15 km from Stavanger Airport, Sola (SVG) and 4 km from Sandnes train station. Rates for four nights incl. breakfast: single rooms 3750 NOK (annex) or 4975 NOK (main building)/twin rooms 5800 NOK.

From Stavanger Airport to the hotel, transport will be by airport buses or organized otherwise. Pick-up from the train station will be arranged too.

Each morning during the course we drive 15 km to the NINA research station at Ims for lectures and experiments. Lunch will be prepared at the station. At the end of the day, we return to the hotel or Sandnes for dinner and social gathering.

Though Kronen Gaard is the hotel we recommend for the course participants, there might be lower priced accommodation available in Sandnes.

Contact details

For questions with regard to the course or practical issues, please contact Eli Kvingedal by email or phone: +47 9433 2314.


Photos by Rasmus Kaspersson

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