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EV5014 - Managing Tropical Fisheries

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & 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.
a basic understanding of natural resource management principles, the marine environment and fishing is assumed for students undertaking this subject.


Townsville, Block, Study Period 11
Census Date 10-Dec-2015
Face to face teaching 23-Nov-2015 to 01-Dec-2015
Coordinator: 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%).

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.