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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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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

Introduction to global and Australian fisheries
General anatomy and taxonomy of fish, and commercially exploited invertebrates
Nutrition and feeding of fishes
Age and growth
Reproduction, spawning and recruitment of fishes
Ecological effects of fishing
Fish population demographics and fishery production
Laboratory and field techniques for fisheries data collection
Introduction to fisheries management models
Freshwater fish biology and conservation

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate basic knowledge of the biology (taxonomy, physiology, anatomy and habitat needs) of representative fish, sharks, crustaceans and molluscsIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
2describe some of the basic techniques used in fishery management to monitor population size, age, growth, nutrition, spawning, recruitment and mortality of various speciesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceKnowledge of a discipline
3identify and apply the data collection and processing techniques required including survey techniques, laboratory processing, measurement and identification proceduresIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4explain how a knowledge of the biology of target species is crucial to the effective management and monitoring of exploited natural populationsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5explain the basic demographic principles behind management strategies of maximising sustainable yield, maximising recruitment and maximising yield per recruit of fish and invertebrate stocks.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of the biology (taxonomy, physiology, anatomy and habitat needs) of representative fish, sharks, crustaceans and molluscs
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: 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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. identify and apply the data collection and processing techniques required including survey techniques, laboratory processing, measurement and identification procedures
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: 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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: 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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • 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 (10 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (+ 2 optional days) (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Wiki25%
Report25%
Exam: practical30%
Contribution to class data setsSR
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Laboratory session 3 hours (+ 2 optional days) (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Wiki25%
Report25%
Exam: practical30%
Contribution to class data setsSR
Quiz20%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (10 weeks)
Residential session 18 hours (+ 2 optional days) (1 week)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Wiki25%
Report25%
Exam: practical30%
Contribution to class data setsSR
Quiz20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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International

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