One semester of college-level biology.
Students will explore the theory and practice of fisheries sustainability through lectures, readings, laboratory exercises, and interactions with local fishermen. This course will focus primarily on species harvested in the Gulf of Maine, with an emphasis on finfish. Students in the course should be prepared for lots of time at-sea aboard research vessels and commercial fishing vessels.
Topics and activities included in this course are:
- An overview of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Maine
- Fish collection and dissections
- Fishing gear types and modifications
- Age and growth techniques (length-frequency distributions, otoliths, scales, maturity)
- Quantitative data collection and analysis (species assemblage, diversity, catch-per-unit-effort, forecasting, stock assessment)
- Current, past and future directions in fisheries management strategies (including sector and ecosystem-based, community-based and adaptive management)
- Collaborative research and ‘conservation’ fishing gear
- Environmental changes like ocean acidification and global warming
- Perspectives from different stakeholders in today’s New England fisheries
- Hands-on demonstrations with commercial fishermen from different industries (inluding time aboard a variety of different commercial vessels)
- Sustainable seafood and the market-place
- Human dimensions of sustainable fishing (cultural and socio-economic issues)
(L) SML students assist during feeding time at UNH's open ocean aquaculture facility at the Isles of Shoals (photo by T. Garzo). (R) At-sea aboard local, commercial fishing vessels (photo by J. Coyer).