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MB5610 - Fishing Gear and Technologies

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject will provide students an understanding of how fisheries operate and how fish reach human communities. It will involve hands on experience with fishing gears and an understanding of fishing technologies used by small scale subsistence and recreational fishers through to global industrial practices.

There are additional charges for this subject; please contact the School for details.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically evaluate the effect of fishing gear on target and non-target organisms and ecosystems via data analysis, literature reviews and written reports;
  • describe the complex supply chain of fisheries and methods that can be used to monitor and track products through it, via written and verbal communications;
  • demonstrate familiarity with spectrum of fishing gear design, development, and deployment via practical use and selection of gear in a field setting and via written evaluations.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%).
Undergraduate degree in science and / or environmental management.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Face to face teaching (some teaching during semester, weekend classes, seminars and off campus fieldwork)
Coordinator: Dr Andrew Chin
Lecturers: Dr Naomi Gardiner, Dr Andrew Chin, Professor Garry Russ, Professor Marcus Sheaves.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 10 hours practicals - Practicals on gear use
  • 20 hours workshops/Seminars - face to face workshops and seminar attendance
  • 10 hours - Online lectures and teaching material
  • 3 days fieldwork
  • 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.