The module content provides a broad introduction to the issues surrounding human exploitation of aquatic resources (particularly in the contexts of capture fisheries) and of human interaction with these valuable biological assets. The biology of principal cultured aquatic organisms, with respect to their exploitation, is studied.
The module consists of lectures supplemented by laboratory-based practicals to examine the biology of cultured organisms, and field visits to demonstrate aquaculture and fisheries in practice.
This course content is sub-divided into four component sub-modules.
Managing living aquatic resources
This section of the course will introduce both resources (in terms of living aquatic organisms) and the key issues surrounding their management and exploitation. The history of exploitation will be considered as will past, present and future trends.
This part of the course will introduce the range of organisms exploited in aquaculture production systems. For each group of related organism biology, culture physiology and production systems in use will be outlined. Relevant environmental issues associated with aquaculture will be addressed.
The exploitation of aquatic resources by capture fisheries will be introduced. The scientific issues associated with exploitation of wild marine and freshwater living aquatic resources will be examined. Relevant social and environmental issues associated with capture fisheries will be addressed.
The science issues underpinning a range of relevant topics will be addressed. These will include tourism & ecotourism, boating impacts, the management and conservation of wetlands & coastal zones, co-management & stakeholder involvement and decision support systems.