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MB5014 - Managing Tropical Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
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.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Other exams - (30%)
  • Invigilated > Presentations - (10%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (30%)
  • Reflective journal - (15%)
  • Group Project (wiki) - (15%).
a basic understanding of natural resource management principles, the marine environment and fishing is assumed for students undertaking this subject
EV3014, EV5014, MB3014


Townsville, Study Period 11, Intensive
Census Date 10-Dec-2020
Face to face teaching 25-Nov-2019 to 03-Dec-2019
Coord/Lect: Dr Andrew Chin.
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

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.