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MB5620 - Grand Challenges in Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
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 weekly 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 with guest speakers and peers. 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. In addition to major assessment tasks, students are expected to spend 3-4 hours preparing for each week's session. Weekly reading plans and preparation questions are provided.

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

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Briefing paper - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Poster - (30%) - Individual
  • Oral > Debate - (15%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Class Participation (Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Professor Marcus Sheaves.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours workshops - weekly discussion workshop
  • 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.