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Advanced learning in modern fisheries management, marketing, innovation and processing

Programme description

In collaboration with the Federation of Fisheries Iceland and Matís Ltd – Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D.

Combining expert instructors, hands-on visits, and best practice case studies, Reykjavik University's Iceland School of Fisheries covers the latest developments in management, operations and sustainability within the fishing industry.

  • Deepen your understanding of fisheries and ocean science, and Iceland's unique and sustainable quota system for fisheries management.
  • Foster an international network of expert contacts in fisheries and related industries.
  • Follow the latest developments in technology and innovation.
  • See cutting-edge industry processes at work during visits to global fisheries leaders.
  • Experience modern Iceland's stunning nature and world-class hospitality.

The Iceland School of Fisheries welcomes managers and executives from around the world who want to increase their expertise in fisheries, deepen their knowledge of a related topic and gain insight into how Iceland has become a world leader in sustainable fisheries.

The Iceland School of Fisheries is comprised of three one-week sessions that cover all aspects of fisheries management, marketing, processing, quality assessment, and innovation, taught by international experts at Reykjavik University in Iceland, a global leader in modern, innovative fisheries techniques.

Our unique curriculum combines expert classroom instruction with practical insight at innovative, industry-leading companies in Iceland. During each session, we'll also experience some of Iceland's outstanding natural attractions.The Executive Programme consists of three, week-long sessions. You may choose to attend one, two, or all three:

Session 1:

Fisheries Management, Operation and Innovation

This week focuses on the overall management of fisheries

  • Introduction to global fisheries
  • Marine resources. Stock assessment
  • Fisheries management and economics
  • Fishing technology
  • Quality Management and fish handling
  • Fish processing technology
  • Marketing of Seafood
  • Management of fisheries companies
  • Business spin-offs and innovation in fisheries

Session 2:

Technology and Innovation

This week focuses on catching wild fish and on aquaculture

  • Stock assessment and monitoring
  • Marine resources
  • Fisheries management and economics
  • Fishing technology / innovation
  • Sustainable aquaculture

Session 3:

Processing and Marketing

This week focuses on processing fish and getting the products to market.

  • Quality management
  • Fish handling and processing
  • Marketing seafood
  • Fish processing innovation
  • Management of fisheries companies


Each day consists of six hours of lectures from 09:00 - 15:00, followed by a 2 hours visit to companies in the greater - Reykjavik area. Furthermore, at the end of each session week there will be a one-day field trip to companies outside Reykjavik.

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