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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Conservation Biology; Marine Biology; Marine Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

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.


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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tim Langlois
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72520 Master of Biological Science (ID 165)
or 70630 Master of Science (ID 202)
or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science (ID 359)
or 71580 Master of Biotechnology (ID 389)
or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science (ID 390)
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours) (ID 4)
or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (ID 1432)
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Contact hours
150 hours in total
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.