Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9104015222002Fishing Techniques of Large PelagicsElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to get knowledge to the fishing techniques for the large pelagics (tunas, swordfishes, marlins, etc.) and large pelagic’s fishing gears (i.e. gillnets, pelagic longlines, handlines, purse-seines, etc.) and methods, and also national and international regulations on the large pelagic fisheries.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof.Dr. Okan AKYOL
Learning Outcomes
1Have the sufficiency and capability on collecting, evaluating and reporting of data from field surveys
2Have the theoretical and practical knowledge on large pelagic fisheries in fisheries engineering field
3Ability the solve of problems by using their knowledge
4Have the knowledge and capability of their large pelagic fishes, fishing gears and methodologies knowledge for integration to world fisheries
5Have the knowledge and capability of their large pelagic fishes, fishing gears and methodologies knowledge for sustainable fisheries
6Have the reach to related literatures, and have the sufficiency make the field surveys on the large pelagic fisheries
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
In contents of the lesson below subjects are covered, the large pelagics (tunas, bonitos, swordfishes, etc.), which are the most important target fish groups in the Mediterranean is also catch in Turkish waters densely. This fishery is carried out by purse-seining, longlining, harpooning, handlining, fish trapping and gillnetting. The theoretical section of the lesson covers the identification and total landings and fishing techniques of the large pelagics in the Mediterranean and Turkey, biology and ecology of these fishes, history of the fishing and and also management strategies will be discussed comprehensively
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Identification and classification of large pelagics (LPs)Analysis of identification key
2Distribution and migration of LPsClassification of distributions according to oceans on a map
3History of LPs fisheryLibrary study in order to getting the historical documents
4Worldwide catch statistics on LPs Statistics collection and its evaluating
5Introduction to fishing gears and methods of LPsVideo presentation
6Purse-seining for LPsParticipating to a purse-seiner operation
8Gillnetting for LPsParticipating to a gillnetter operation
9Longlining for LPsParticipating to a longliner operation
10Tuna trap netting for LPsVisit to a trapnetting area
11Harpooning for LPsVideo presentation
12Handlining for LPsVideo presentation
13Marketing of LPsVisit to wholesale fish market
14Tuna fatteningVisit to a tuna fish farm
15Fishery regulations and organizations on LP fisheriesInvestigating of bulletins
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Bursa, P., 2007. Fish and Fisheries in Anatolia since the ancient times (in Turkish), (Ph.D. Thesis), İstanbul Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, 271 s. Lefkaditou, E.; Megalofonou, G.; DeMetrio, G.; Tsimenides, N., 1989: Fisheries for large scombrids in Greek waters: catches of bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus L.). FAO Fisheries Report No. 412, Rome, pp. 153–163. Northridge, S.P., 1991. Driftnet fisheries and their impact on non-target Species: A worldwide review. FAO Fish. Tech. Paper, No.320, Rome, pp. 115. Ottolenghi, F., Silvestri, C., Giordano, P., Lovatelli, A., New, M.B., 2004. Capture-based aquaculture. The fattening of eels, groupers, tunas and yellowtails. FAO, Rome, 308 p. Soto, F., Villarejo, J.A., Mateo, A., Roca-Dorda, J., De la Gandara, F., Gacia, A., 2006. Preliminary experiences in the development of bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus (L., 1758) electroslaughtering techniques in rearing cages. Aquaculture engineering, 34(2):83–91. Tudela, S., Kai Kai, A., Maynou, F., El Andolossi, M., Guglielmi, P., 2005. Driftnet fishing and biodiversity conservation: The case study of the large-scale Moroccan driftnet fleet operating in the Alboran Sea (SW Mediterranean). Biological Conservation, 121, 65–78. Von Brandt, A., 2005. Fish Catching Methods of the World. Gabriel,, O., Lange, K., Dahm, E., Wendt, T. (eds.), 4th Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., pp.68-72. Ward, P., 2000. Swordfish fisheries and management today. Pelagic Fisheries Research Program-PFRP, Vol. 5(4), Oct.-Dec. pp.1–8. Ward, P., Porter, J.M., Elscot, S., 2000. Broadbill swordfish: Status of established fisheries and lessons for developing fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 1, 317–336.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Report Preparation199
Project Preparation199
Project Presentation122
Self Study1410140
Individual Study for Mid term Examination236
Individual Study for Final Examination224
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO152 4  5
LO24532  4
LO352 4  5
LO453 4  5
LO54445  4
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
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