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EV3014 - Managing Tropical Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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 outcomes will be developed.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the biological, economic, social and legislative basis for managing fisheries;
  • appreciate the range of processes used to manage fisheries in tropical regions;
  • develop skills relevant to achieving positive outcomes in fisheries management.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
A basic understanding of natural resource management principles, the marine environment and fishing is assumed for all students undertaking this subject.


Townsville, Study Period 10, Block
Census Date 13-Dec-2012
Face to face teaching 19-Nov-2012 to 27-Nov-2012
Coordinator: Professor Colin Simpfendorfer
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Professor Colin Simpfendorfer.
Workload expectations:
  • 28 hours lectures
  • 28 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (15%); tutorial attendance and participation (15%); assignments (30%).

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