This topic will provide students with an introduction to fish biology and the important parameters used by fisheries scientists to assess stock levels and manage fish and crustacean populations. The scientific principles, conflicts, and methodologies relating to the use and management of fisheries resources will be outlined using South Australian and international examples. This will include various fisheries from crustaceans and cephalopods to large predators such as sharks. Students will also be taught some of the ideas and assumptions underlying the models used in various fisheries management as well as their application. Finally, the topic also addresses environmental impacts of fisheries and the sustainable management and protection of fisheries resources.
This topic aims to provide students with an understanding of how small- and large-scale fisheries are managed nationally and internationally, and what are the required life history parameters needed to enable stock assessments and fisheries modelling. After completing this topic, students will also have an understanding of the methods and techniques used to undertake stock assessments as well as basic mathematical models. Finally, thanks to the contribution of guest speakers from various background, agencies and organisations, this topic also exposes the students to different scientists, managers, modellers, and industry representatives providing the students with an introduction to the type of agencies they could work for following their degree.