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Fisheries Biology and Population Dynamics KSM314


This unit provides students with a detailed understanding of fisheries biology and population dynamics. Biological concepts include how morphology, behaviour, habitat preferences and life history strategies affect the exploitation of fisheries taxa. The unit also covers the logistical and quantitative methodologies associated with undertaking a biological investigation into the population dynamics of a species. These assessments include abundance estimation, reproductive biology, age determination, dietary analysis and biological modelling.


Unit name Fisheries Biology and Population Dynamics
Unit code KSM314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Fisheries and Aquaculture

James Haddy

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Define life history components and natural processes that influence populations of aquatic taxa.
2. Record, describe and explain morphological, anatomical and habitat characteristics of aquatic taxa in relation to the behaviour and exploitation of the organism.
3. Collect and record biological data to quantify key population dynamic parameters of an aquatic species.
4. Use Microsoft Word and Excel to manage and analyse biological data to present qualitative and quantitative descriptions of exploited species.
5. Develop and recommend management strategies that enable the sustainable harvest of fished stocks based on life history biology.



Band Field of Education
2 050701

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Teaching Pattern

Lecture - 120 minutes x weekly, Practical - 180 minutes x weekly


Assignment 1 (15%), Assignment 2 (15%), Computer test 1 (10%), Computer test 2 (20%), Final exam (40%)

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