BIOL4407 Marine Conservation and Fisheries Management

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Around the world many marine fish stocks are either fully exploited or over exploited with a global trend of declining catch. These declines are causing concern about the effectiveness of fisheries management practices with alternative strategies, such as the implementation of large no-take sanctuary zones being promoted and trialled. In this unit students learn about goals of fisheries management and marine conservation and about the outcomes and effectiveness of global and local management strategies. They learn about the policy framework that fisheries management and marine conservation operates under in Western Australia and meet with a range of Western Australian stakeholders to hear about their concerns and visions for the future management of Western Australia's marine resources. One of the key questions which needs to be addressed is whether these visions and management strategies will work for key Western Australian species. The unit allows students to integrate knowledge of both marine conservation and fisheries management. The contacts and knowledge gained through the unit provide students the opportunities to pursue a career in marine natural resource management.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) become familiar with fisheries and marine conservation management strategies and the reasons for implementing them; (2) be aware of the ecological and social outcomes of management strategies; (3) develop an awareness of the different stakeholders involved in marine resource management and their needs and visions; and (4) integrate and synthesise information from a range of different sources which enable them to identify key issues and debate and recommend strategies for the management of Western Australia's marine resources.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a review on the objectives of marine conservation and fisheries management, the strategies that have been implemented, the ecological outcomes with comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the strategies (50 per cent); (2) participation in debates and discussion on the effectiveness of fisheries management and marine conservation (20 per cent); and (3) a report on recommended management strategies for the optimal management of the Western Australian marine environment (30 per cent). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tim Langlois
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) or the Master of Science (70630) or the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) or the Master of Biotechnology (71580) or the Master of Geographic Information Science (71570) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) or the Master of Ocean Leadership (62540)
Contact hours
150 hours in total
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