Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
09 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C164 Marine Biology,
BSC CC60 Marine Biology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CC64 Marine Biology (Including Placement Year),
MMB C160 Marine Biology
Fisheries play a key role in providing food, income and employment in many parts of the world and effective fisheries management requires clear objectives and a decision making process supported by the best scientific advice. This course will give a broad understanding of biological, economic, and social aspects of fisheries science and the interplay between them. Specifically, from fisheries ecology, production processes, life histories and distributions to population structures. We will also examine fishing gears and techniques, socioeconomics and stock assessments as well as freshwater fisheries and conservation management.
This module aims to give a broad understanding of biological, economic, and social aspects of fisheries science and the interplay between them.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Discuss how physical and biological processes drive the production of fished species and why the abundance of these species changes in space and time.
2. Describe the scale, social and economic significance of global fisheries , the species that are caught and the gears that are used to catch them
3. Discuss the factors that motivate and limit human fishing activities and why fishers behave as they do
4. Outline the economic, social and biological reasons why fished species tend to be overexploited
5. Explain how to make basic quantitative assessments of single and multi species fisheries and estimate the parameters needed for these assessments
6. Discuss the key strengths and failings of different fisheries assessment methods
7. Discuss the impacts of fishing on marine ecosystems, birds, mammals, non-target species and habitats
8. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and interpret data sets and other sources of information.
No additional information available.
10x2 hour lectures
1x6 hour field session
Student managed learning: 130 hrs/module
Total 150 hrs
- Jennings, Simon; Kaiser, Michel J; Reynolds, John D. (2001) Marine fisheries ecology, Oxford: Blackwell Science.
- Hilborn, Ray; Hilborn, Ulrike. (c2012) Overfishing: what everyone needs to know, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Leanne Hepburn, Dr Tom Cameron
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Dr Nicholas Kamenos
University of Glasgow
Available via Moodle
Of 31 hours, 21 (67.7%) hours available to students:
10 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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