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National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

The capture of wild fish and shellfish contributes over $4 billion to Australia's economy, and fisheries are vital sources of livelihoods and nutrition for millions of people worldwide. This unit will provide knowledge to address global Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to maintaining the performance of fisheries. A range of key issues are examined relating to the management of fisheries, both commercial and non-commercial. The unit applies a systems approach to explore the role of scientific, economic and socio-cultural information in management decisions, as well as management approaches and issues relating to resources rights, compliance and co-management. Extensive use will be made of case examples to examine the methods, application and outcomes of the various fishery assessment, management and regulatory methods adopted in Australia and overseas.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction and commercial fisheries
Topic 2: Recreational and indigenous fisheries
Topic 3: Fishing gear and selectivity
Topic 4: Fisheries management principles and strategies
Topic 5: Regulatory measures
Topic 6: Information for fisheries management
Topic 7: Fishing rights and ITQs
Topic 8: Fisheries legislation
Topic 9: Compliance, illegal fishing and MCS
Topic 10: Fisheries governance

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe and explain trends in fisheries statistics at a global, regional and Australian level
2 define and use newly acquired terms and concepts related to fisheries and fisheries management
3 explain and compare the various approaches, techniques and measures employed to manage fish stocks sustainably, use examples from Australia and overseas
4 discuss and justify the use of various types of knowledge and sources of information employed in the decision-making processes of fisheries management
5 analyse and evaluate the appropriateness of fisheries management systems including policies, legislation, strategies, plans of management, international agreements
6 prepare and communicate information on fisheries and their management for a range of settings.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and explain trends in fisheries statistics at a global, regional and Australian level
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. define and use newly acquired terms and concepts related to fisheries and fisheries management
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. explain and compare the various approaches, techniques and measures employed to manage fish stocks sustainably, use examples from Australia and overseas
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. discuss and justify the use of various types of knowledge and sources of information employed in the decision-making processes of fisheries management
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. analyse and evaluate the appropriateness of fisheries management systems including policies, legislation, strategies, plans of management, international agreements
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  6. prepare and communicate information on fisheries and their management for a range of settings.
    • GA6:
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.