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MB3014 - Managing Tropical Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject examines the process of managing fisheries in tropical regions to ensure positive outcomes for fish stocks, ecosystems and human communities. The paradigm of fisheries as linked social-ecological systems will be used to develop an understanding about how biology, economics, human communities and legislative factors all contribute to outcomes in fisheries management. Case studies from tropical regions will be examined, including industrial, artisanal and recreational fisheries. Practical skills in achieving positive fisheries management outcomes will be developed.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the biological, economic, social and legislative basis for managing fisheries;
  • discuss the range of processes used to manage fisheries in tropical regions;
  • apply fisheries management theory and methods to analysing real-world fisheries issues;
  • reflect on your own understanding of biological, social, economic, and legislative dimensions of fisheries, and how these dimensions can be analysed and combined to achieve positive outcomes in fisheries management.
Prerequisites: at least 12 credit points at Level 2 including 6 credit points of Level 2 BZ, BS, EV or MB subjects
EV5014, EV3014, MB5014


Townsville, Study Period 11, Block
Census Date 12-Dec-2019
Face to face teaching 25-Nov-2019 to 03-Dec-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor Colin Simpfendorfer.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours lectures
  • 15 hours tutorials
  • 11 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: other exams (30%); presentations (10%); assignments (30%); reflective journal (15%); group project (wiki) (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.