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This course introduces the characteristics of the marine environment that are relevant to managing human activities in relation to conservation of marine biodiversity and sustainable exploitation of marine resources. The course considers the ecosystem roles of different biological groups, with a particular focus on the key role of fishes. There is an introduction to the policies, management approaches and organisations involved in the development of marine ecosystem-based management, with a focus on the north-east Atlantic Ocean and particularly the North Sea. This provides a foundation of knowledge for concepts and issues that are explored in more depth in subsequent courses.
|First Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Using the North Sea as a case study this course provides essential knowledge about the marine environment and food webs. Linkages between the population biology of commercial fish species in the North Sea and the policies used to define sustainable harvesting will be highlighted to illustrate the ecological principles that underpin the management of marine resources. Policies relevant to conservation of the North Sea ecosystem and the policy instruments available will be reviewed. The role that different stakeholders play in management of marine ecosystems will be reviewed. In groups, students have the opportunity to apply their understanding to a marine ecosystem in another part of the world, to characterise its properties and to evaluate the state of development of ecosystem-based management.
The course will be delivered by marine ecologists, industry consultants and government scientists working in applied marine management. The course does not require a detailed knowledge of marine ecology and ecosystems. Students already having a background in biology will benefit from the material on policy and management.
The intended learning outcomes are that on successful completion of the course you should be able to:
|Students should possess a Howie laboratory coat and safety glasses. Further details of requirements can be found on the course's MyAberdeen page. The cost listed here is approximate.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Marine Ecosystem Review (group presentation with weighting from peer assessment)
There are no assessments for this course.
|• Conceptualise the interactions among key aspects of the biology, ecology, and policy relevant to North Sea
|Integrate and evaluate information from diverse sources to determine the effectiveness of current marine resource management.
|Undertake data analysis related to fish biology and write up the results in a scientific-style report
|Critically evaluate the key issues related to conservation and management of marine resources