National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

The capture of wild fish and shellfish contributes over $4 billion to Australia's economy, and fisheries are vital sources of livelihoods and nutrition for millions of people worldwide. This unit will provide knowledge to address global Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to maintaining the performance of fisheries. A range of key issues are examined relating to the management of fisheries, both commercial and non-commercial. The unit applies a systems approach to explore the role of scientific, economic and socio-cultural information in management decisions, as well as management approaches and issues relating to resources rights, compliance and co-management. Extensive use will be made of case examples to examine the methods, application and outcomes of the various fishery assessment, management and regulatory methods adopted in Australia and overseas.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and commercial fisheries
Topic 2: Recreational and indigenous fisheries
Topic 3: Fishing gear and selectivity
Topic 4: Fisheries management principles and strategies
Topic 5: Regulatory measures
Topic 6: Information for fisheries management
Topic 7: Fishing rights and ITQs
Topic 8: Fisheries legislation
Topic 9: Compliance, illegal fishing and MCS
Topic 10: Fisheries governance

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 1

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book25%
Literature review35%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 48 hours (11 weeks)
Residential session 3 days (1 week)
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book20%
Exam: closed book25%
Literature review35%

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

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