Courses & Units

Science of Fishing 1 KSM002


In this unit you will not only learn about the science behind fishing techniques and how these interact with the biology and behaviour of a species, but also how recreational fisheries are sustainably managed and how you can be a responsible fisher. Important and interesting questions/skills for fishers include: identifying a species, determining what they eat and understanding how their biology, sensory abilities, preferred habitats and behavior influence fishing techniques. After completion of this unit you may change the way you fish, with both an improved fishing experience and a greater understanding of how to fish safely and responsibly for the future.


Unit name Science of Fishing 1
Unit code KSM002
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture
Coordinator Doctor James Haddy
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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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

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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

  • Identify a range of fish species commonly caught in Australian recreational fisheries
  • Describe the characteristics (morphology, physiology and internal anatomy) of a fish species that influence their habitat preferences and behaviour within the marine environment
  • Describe the fishing gear and methods used for catching fish in a recreational fishery
  • Outline the strategies for managing a recreational fishery contributing to sustainability
  • Produce a plan for a safe, responsible and successful recreational fishing trip in Australia
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050799 $515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,922.00

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Teaching Pattern

Unit delivered fully online.  There are no tutorial requirements for this unit.

AssessmentModule 2 Quiz (8%)|Module 3 Quiz (8%)|Module 4 Quiz (8%)|Module 5 Quiz (8%)|Module 1 quiz (8%)|Fishing trip plan (30%)|Fun fact sheet of a key recreational fish species (30%)
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