The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

3. Capacity to analyse and interpret data used in fish population studies

4. Knowledge of fishing methods and synthesis of issues and arguments around the impact of fishing

5. Capacity to synthesise and evaluate the methods used to manage, regulate and enhance fisheries

6. Skills in oral and written communication


Module 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.

Assumed knowledge

A course in first year biology, a second year course in zoology/biology, STAT1070.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessments

Online Learning Activity: Online Group Discussion

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.