Sustainable Fisheries (pending approval)

Course Dates

August 3, 2020 to August 19, 2020


One semester of college-level biology.

Equivalent Note

COVID-19 COURSE CHANGE: This course has been transitioned to a hybrid (online and on-island) course. Please note the new course dates.
Online dates: August 3 - 7; August 17 - 19
On-island dates: August 10 - 16

ALL STUDENTS: See the Financial Support & Scholarships page for details about a course-specific award which can be applied towards the cost of enrolling in Sustainable Fisheries and other select SML courses for summer 2020.

Course Description

Students will explore the theory and practice of fisheries sustainability through unique interactions with local fishermen and practitioners with an emphasis on finfish harvested in the Gulf of Maine. Through daily at-sea experiences aboard Shoals research vessels and commercial fishing vessels, students will receive a comprehensive overview of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. Students will gain proficiency in fish collection and dissection, understand quantitative approaches to data collection to help inform management decisions, gain perspective from different stakeholders about the conservation and development challenges facing the Gulf of Maine fishery and learn about the cultural and socio-economic issues involved in sustainable fisheries.

Learning outcomes for this course include:

  • Identify Gulf of Maine finfish and other commercially important species;
  • Know the basic biology, distribution, and ecology of commercially important fishes in the Gulf of Maine;
  • Know how fisheries data are collcted and used to determine basic stock assessments;
  • Understand market-based factors that influence sustainable fishing.


UNH Open Aquaculture Sustainable Fisheries at-sea

(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).


Dr. Erik Chapman:

Director, N.H. Sea Grant; Fisheries & Aquaculture Program Leader and Commercial Fisheries Extension Specialist, N.H. Sea Grant; University of New Hampshire

Owen Nichols:

Director of Marine Fisheries Research, Center for Coastal Studies; Lecturer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)

Dr. Lindsey Williams:

University of New Hampshire, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering 

Course Video

Dr. Erik Chapman gives an overview on Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs).



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 2800 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 702 (4 Credits)