Courses & Units

Marine Protected Area Management JFA316



Unit Aim: To provide the student with the principles and practices necessary for the planning and management of marine protected areas. Within this unit students will study protected area management from a regulator’s perspective, covering the following broad concepts:
1. Introduction to marine protected areas and their types
2. Planning and administration of marine protected areas
3. Establishing a marine protected area
4. Managing a marine protected area


Unit name Marine Protected Area Management
Unit code JFA316
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Ecology and Biodiversity|Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Sarah Fischer
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the theory and rationale for the use of different types of protected areas.
  • Critique processes of protected area planning and administration.
  • Develop objectives critical for the establishment, management and evaluation of a protected area.
  • Design appropriate strategies for balancing conservation and ecological sustainable development.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of protected areas.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010907 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,493.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly for 13 weeks: 2-hr lectures, 2-hr tutorials. One 3-day field camp.

AssessmentShort Answer Question (15%)|Final Exam (45%)|Written Report (20%)|Presentation (20%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Salm, R.V., Clark, J.R. and Siirila, E. (2000). Marine and Coastal Protected Areas: A Guide for Planners and Managers 3rd Edition. IUCN, Washington, DC, USA.


Bunce, L., Townsley, P., Pomeroy, R., and Pollnac, R. (2000). Socioeconomic Manual for Coral Reef Management. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Australia.

IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) (2008). Establishing Resilient Marine Protected Area Networks—Making It Happen. Washington, D.C.: IUCN-WCPA,National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Nature Conservancy.

National Research Council (NRC). (2001). Marine Protected Areas: Tools for Sustaining Ocean Ecosystems. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.

Pomeroy, R. S., Parks, J.E. and Watson, L.M. (2004). How is your MPA doing? A Guidebook of Natural and Social Indicators for Evaluating Marine Protected Area Management Effectiveness. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

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