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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Provides knowledge to address global Sustainable Development Goals and contribute to maintaining the performance of fisheries and conserving marine biodiversity. This is an advanced unit intended for students in their final year of study. A range of key issues, regulatory measures and assessment models of commercial and non-commercial fisheries are examined. The significance of indigenous fisheries, and their management, are covered in different modules. One module of this unit explores the science and planning of marine parks, and their contentious role in fisheries. The unit applies a systems approach by considering the role of scientific, economic and socio-cultural information in fisheries management decisions, as well as management approaches and issues relating to resources rights, compliance and co-management. Extensive use will be made of case studies in Australia and overseas, including studies through published research by SCU.

Unit content

1. Commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries

2. Marine parks and area-based management measures

3. Fishing gears, selectivity and ecosystem impacts

4. Management principles, strategies, essential data and models

5. Regulatory measures, compliance and illegal fishing

6. Fisheries governance and legislation

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Explain and understand the key trends and issues in commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries at a global and national level
2 Understand, be able to define and use key terms and concepts related to fisheries and marine parks
3 Demonstrate skills and knowledge on the collection and use of data in the assessment and decision-making processes of fisheries management
4 Critically evaluate and understand the structure and appropriateness of fisheries and marine park management systems including regulatory measures, legislation, international instruments, and governance

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

  1. Explain and understand the key trends and issues in commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries at a global and national level
  2. Understand, be able to define and use key terms and concepts related to fisheries and marine parks
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge on the collection and use of data in the assessment and decision-making processes of fisheries management
  4. Critically evaluate and understand the structure and appropriateness of fisheries and marine park management systems including regulatory measures, legislation, international instruments, and governance

Prescribed texts

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