Examines the biology and ecology of marine and freshwater fish and invertebrate species important to commercial and recreational fisheries, emphasising the Australian scene. Introduces the topics of fisheries management and aquaculture management by focusing on the aspects of the species’ biology that are relevant to their exploitation including taxonomy, anatomy, ecomorphology, feeding, reproduction, age and growth, conservation biology and habitat management.
Topic 1: Introduction to global and Australian fisheries
Topic 2: General anatomy and taxonomy of fish, and commercially exploited invertebrates
Topic 3: Nutrition and feeding of fishes
Topic 4: Age and growth
Topic 5: Reproduction, spawning and recruitment of fishes
Topic 6: Ecological effects of fishing
Topic 7: Fish population demographics and fishery production
Topic 8: Laboratory and field techniques for fisheries data collection
Topic 9: Introduction to fisheries management models
Topic 10: Freshwater fish biology
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate basic knowledge of the biology (taxonomy, physiology, anatomy and habitat needs) of representative fish, sharks, crustaceans and molluscs||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||describe some of the basic techniques used in fishery management to monitor population size, age, growth, nutrition, spawning, recruitment and mortality of various species||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify and apply the data collection and processing techniques required including survey techniques, laboratory processing, measurement and identification procedures||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||explain how a knowledge of the biology of target species is crucial to the effective management and monitoring of exploited natural populations||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||explain the basic demographic principles behind management strategies of maximising sustainable yield, maximising recruitment and maximising yield per recruit of fish and invertebrate stocks.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- King, M, 2007, Fisheries Biology, Assessment and Management, 2nd edn, Blackwell Scientific, Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-4051-5831-2.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.