SLE327 - Fisheries Science


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour online class per week, 1 x full day field trip, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester. 

Field trips and practicals conducted from the Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre


SLE327 provides students with a broad overview of domestic and global fisheries, fishing methods, and varying tools for sustainable ecosystem-based fisheries management. This will focus on the quantitative aspects of fisheries science, particularly fisheries biology. Emphasis will be placed on assessing the condition of, and potential yield from, stocks of marine organisms. Assessing the condition of a stock requires detailed knowledge of the biological characteristics of the stock (e.g. growth, mortality, recruitment) and the monitoring of abundance and distribution of the stock through time. Students will explore the science, policy, and economics underlying management activities and the stakeholders involved from both a recreational and commercial fisheries perspective.

In this unit, students are provided the opportunity to interact with fisheries industry representatives and tap in to their professional expertise. This opportunity is invaluable for students as understanding the complexities associated with stakeholder engagement and handling the multifaceted issues that come with managing recreational and commercial fisheries and their associated habitats comes with years of experience in the field. Students will also be exposed to a number of case histories of commercial and recreational fisheries.

Students are expected to work individually on assignment tasks and attend all lectures and field activities. The level of complexity of materials submitted by students for assessment should reflect a level three unit such that independent thought, evaluation of information and presentation of thoughts and ideas are commensurate with this level.

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