The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Ourimbah

  • 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


Content

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

MARI3330Marine Fisheries Biology and ManagementThis 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.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019A course in first year biology, a second year course in zoology/biology, STAT1070.Module 1. Fisheries Biology and Ecology of Marine Vertebrates and Invertebrates Reproduction and early life history; Age and growth; Habitat use, migration, and movement; Feeding ecology and trophic relationships; Population dynamics; Factors affecting fish distribution and abundance.Module 2. Fisheries Management and Conservation Stock assessment and stock recruitment; Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) and sustainability; Methods of harvesting; Managing fisheries and marine habitats; Use of fisheries models as management tools; Marine Protected Areas; Aquaculture. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Knowledge of fisheries biology and life-history characteristics of a range of marine fishes, crustaceans, and

molluscs2Knowledge of the techniques used by fisheries biologists and ecologists in the study of population biology

and ecology3Capacity to analyse and interpret data used in fish population studies4Knowledge of fishing methods and synthesis of issues and arguments around the impact of fishing5Capacity to synthesise and evaluate the methods used to manage, regulate and enhance fisheries6Skills in oral and written communication Written Assignment: Written AssessmentsOnline Learning Activity: Online Group DiscussionFormal Examination: Formal Examination OurimbahLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus40hour(s)per Term0Full Term0All practical work will occur in an intensive laboratory and field skills block during the mid-semester break (Mon-Fri).LectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for0Full Term0In 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.


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.

Contact hours

Ourimbah

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term

All practical work will occur in an intensive laboratory and field skills block during the mid-semester break (Mon-Fri).

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term