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International summer school «Fisheries management in the Barents region» 16.09. – 07.10 2012


This September Murmansk State Technical University together with University of Tromsø held for the second time an international summer school in fisheries management in the Barents region.

The summer school project was launched last year and got positive feedbacks from students and evaluators so it was decide to run the school on regular basis each year. The summer school is part of the more extensive programmer in fisheries education between MSTU and University of Tromsø.

The idea of this summer school is to provide students with different scientific background with the knowledge of fisheries sector development in Norway and Russia giving special attention to issues of cooperation and joint management of marine resources shared between two countries.

The school lasts for two weeks one of which is in Tromsø and the other in Murmansk.

Participants for the school are selected the same way as for other international programmers. Good knowledge of English and interest in fisheries sector are the criteria looked at the most.

This year participants from the Russian side were mostly bachelor and master students from ecological and biological departments, from the Norwegian side – students studying in the Masters programmer "International fisheries management" at University of Tromsø.

First part of the school was held in Tromsø from 16 till 23 of September. The programmer was rich in different activities. Students listened to various lectures in fish related topics and visited different organizations among which were the following: Aqua Culture Research Station, Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Organization and Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC), had a boat trip where they could catch fish and investigate bottom dwellers of the Norwegian Sea. The programmer was made so that it covered all aspects of fisheries industry in Norway from fish health issues to marketing of fish products. Students gained a lot of new knowledge in a very short period of time.

At the end of September Norwegian group came to Murmansk. It shall be mentioned that this year’s group from the Norwegian side was quite unique as it consisted not only from Norwegian students but also students from other countries such as Greece, Spain, Iceland, Switzerland, USA, Zimbabwe. Programmer was similar to the one they had in Norway. It contained lectures on specifics of the Russian system of fisheries management, field trips to breeding plant in Verkhnetulomsky, Fish pass in Murmashi, meetings with Heads of Association of Coastal Fisheries and Farm Enterprises and Northern Fisheries Union who showed fisheries industry development in the region from different angles, visits to PINRO and MMBI. Evenings were full of leisure activities such as bowling, pool, paintball.

As the result of the school students were supposed to write a short paper on one of the enterprises they visited.

The next school is planned for autumn 2013.