Unit description

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.

Unit content

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

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • King, M, 2007, Fisheries Biology, Assessment and Management, 2nd edn, Blackwell Scientific, Oxford. ISBN: 978-1-4051-5831-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (+ 2 optional days) (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hours (10 weeks)
Contribution to class data setsSR

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