In this course we will cover many of the topics associated with marine fisheries, including why and how we assess fish populations, their habitat associations, life history and population dynamics, and how fisheries are currently moving towards ecosystem-based management. We will review some of the typical benchmarks and reference points used to evaluate stock status, what types of data go into a biological assessment and some of the theory and practice behind the collection those data. We will discuss models for growth, mortality, and population size, and the assumptions and caveats associated with them. We will investigate the importance of essential fish habitat and methods for evaluating biodiversity of fishes in marine ecosystems, as well as simple tools to evaluate food web interactions. Finally, we will touch on how we might assess the efficacy of marine protected areas and concepts related to management in the whole ecosystem, and why this is a direction in which fisheries management may be headed.
Last updated November 26, 2015