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 an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. 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 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,618.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentFinal Exam (20%)|Presentation (25%)|Written Report (25%)|Short Answer Question (30%)
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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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