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MB5620 - Grand Challenges in Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject evaluates the grand challenges in fisheries science and management, with an emphasis on tropical fisheries and societies. Issues such as food security, resource sharing, environmental effects of fishing, fishery induced selection, and many others will be considered. Students will attend regular seminars from leading researchers, managers and industry agents speaking on current fisheries issues. Students will then discuss the context, results and impact of issues presented in follow up workshops. The subject develops students' perspectives on global and small-scale fisheries topics, promoting a multi discipline approach and evaluation of stakeholder's needs and potential solutions.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically evaluate past and current research results and management decisions and their impact in fisheries;
  • demonstrate a multidisciplinary awareness of current issues in fisheries science and management;
  • identify future research and management needs for a range of fisheries via written reports.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Briefing paper - (60%) - Individual
  • Oral > Debate - (20%) - Group
  • Oral > Elevator pitch - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Class Participation (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory)

Students should have a foundational understanding of both Fisheries Science and Fisheries Management, equivalent to that provided in MB5003 and EV5014. This subject should be taken in the 2nd year of the Fisheries Master's program.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Face to face teaching (Dates TBC)
Coordinator: Dr Naomi Gardiner
Lecturers: Dr Naomi Gardiner, Dr Andrew Chin, Professor Garry Russ.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours workshops - weekly discussion workshop half online, half face to face
  • 14 hours online collaboration sessions
  • 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.