Conservation and management

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

ECTS
6

MANAGEMENT

Fisheries
University of Algarve

Synopsis

The course focuses on the major issues and problems related to management and conservation of living resources. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to address the different issues, based on lectures, seminars and reading and discussion of key papers.

Content

The situation of the world fisheries resources. Historical evolution of fisheries management. Stock assessment and fisheries management. Effects of fishing (changes in the structure of a population and evolutionary pressures, changes in ecological balance). Fisheries and marine biodiversity. MPAs, artificial reefs, restocking and stock enhancement in the context of fisheries management. Ecosystem-based management. Integrated coastal management. The socio-economic dimension of fisheries. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. Consumer needs/demands and interaction with resource management. Ethical issues in fisheries. Conciliating exploitation and conservation of marine resources.

Pre-requisites

No particular competences are required.

Aims

The aim of the course is to provide the students with an overview of the main problems facing management and conservation of living marine resources and possible solutions based on a multi-disciplinary approach.

Objectives

The student will become familiar the today's key issues in management and conservation of marine resources. The course will promote critical thinking in relation to the most common solutions in management and conservation. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to management and conservation will be stressed. Although the course is centered on issues related with the ecology of marine resources, socio-economic and ethical aspects of management and conservation will also be explored.

Key skills acquired

Familiarity with key issues and problems facing management and conservation of marine resources. Ability to think critically and evaluate different approaches and solutions to problems.

Bibliography

Selected key papers for each lecture and seminar topic.

Assessment

Written exam.

Involved teachers

Margarida Castro

Contact hours

lectures
30

practicals
0

seminars
15

computerclass
0

fieldwork

other
0