Marine Fisheries Biology and Management

Course code MARI3330Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course provides an introduction to the biology and ecology of a range of marine species (fish, crustaceans and molluscs) that are targeted by both commercial and recreational fisheries. Students will gain knowledge of behaviour, early life history, population dynamics, habitat utilisation, and trophic relationships relevant to understanding issues associated with exploitation and management. The course will introduce students to techniques used in fisheries science and will examine human impacts on, and management of, Australian marine populations. Students will also acquire an understanding of the present and future needs of, and prerequisites for, aquaculture. The theory component of this course will be delivered using lectures and on-line resources, while the practical component will be delivered during the mid-semester break and on some weekend days during term time.

To participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectivesn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Knowledge of fisheries biology and life-history characteristics of a range of marine fishes, crustaceans, and molluscs.
2. Knowledge of the techniques used by fisheries biologists and ecologists in the study of population biology and ecology
4. Capacity to analyse and interpret data used in fish population studies,
5. Knowledge of fishing methods and synthesis of issues and arguments around the impact of fishing,
6. Capacity to synthesise and evaluate the methods used to manage, regulate and enhance fisheries,
7. Skills in oral and written communication.
ContentModule 1. Fisheries Biology and Ecology of Marine Vertebrates and Invertebrates
1. Reproduction and early life history;
2. Age and growth;
3. Habitat use, migration, and movement;
4. Feeding ecology and trophic relationships;
5. Population dynamics;
6. Factors affecting fish distribution and abundance.

Module 2. Fisheries Management and Conservation
1. Stock assessment and stock recruitment;
2. Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) and sustainability;
3. Methods of harvesting;
4. Managing fisheries and marine habitats;
5. Use of fisheries models as management tools;
6. Marine Protected Areas;
7. Aquaculture.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA course in first year biology, a second year course in zoology/biology, STAT1070.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 40 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MARI3330