The guest lecturer for the 2012/13 six month training of the UNU Fisheries Training Programme is Dr. Kai Lorenzen. Dr. Lorenzen is a professor in Integrative Fisheries Science at the University of Florida.
Dr. Lorenzen is interested in addressing complex fisheries management
problems through interdisciplinary science. His research integrates quantitative ecology with human dimensions and engages closely with management initiatives.
He has recently focused on assessing and improving the use of hatchery and habitat enhancement and restoration measures in fisheries management. He also conducts basic research in fish population biology. Other interests include the conservation of aquatic resources in agricultural landscapes, design of aquaculture systems, domestication effects and interactions between cultured and wild fish, and the epidemiology of fish diseases.
While he was in Iceland, Dr. Lorenzen gave a series of lectures. Click the title for audio.
Enhancements in fisheries systems
Defining of fisheries enhancements; examples; why we need to understand enhancement fisheries systems; components of enhancement fisheries systems; objectives of management and indicators of success; framework for analysis; typology of enhancement systems: restocking, stock enhancement, etc.
Population dynamics and quantitative assessment of aquaculture-based enhancements
Fish life histories and population dynamics; a basic stock enhancement model; dynamics of stock enhancement and ranching; quantitative assessment; practical modeling and assessment using the EnhanceFish tool
Aquaculture production for fisheries enhancement
Aquaculture; domestication and fertilization; managing domestication effects; genetic management; promoting seed quality: environmental enrichment, life skills training, etc.; release strategies
Habitat enhancements and fish aggregation devices
Typology of habitat enhancements; attraction vs. production issues; managing fisheries involving habitat enhancements or fish aggregation devices.
Developing or reforming fisheries enhancements
The 'updated responsible approach', analyzing the role of enhancement within the fishery system; engaging stakeholders; participatory planning; assessing and managing ecological impacts; adaptive management.