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CONS 486 - Fish Conservation and Management

Course Rationale:
Living aquatic resources are intensively harvested around the world for food, commercial gain and recreation. World fisheries now catch twice the amount of fish that they did 20 years ago, yet many of these fisheries are not being managed in a sustainable fashion. Living aquatic resources also provide the focus for many non-consumptive recreational and cultural experiences. People place enormous value on aquatic ecosystems, yet human activities often threaten, degrade or destroy them.

The goal of this course is to increase ones knowledge about different aquatic ecosystems and to provide an introduction to fish conservation and management.  This course builds on the material in FRST 386 and CONS 451, and it is assumed that students already have a basic understanding of stream and lake ecosystems.

Course materials:

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Lectures: (to be posted as they are given)

- Lecture 0: Introduction and class framework

- Lecture 1: Metabolism

- Lecture 2: Bioenergetics

- Lecture 3: Reproduction

- Lecture 4: Population growth

- Lecture 5: Trophic interactions

- Lecture 6: Reservoir ecosystems

- Lecture 7: Ocean ecosystems

- Lecture 8: Fisheries exploitation

- Lecture 9: Traditional management

- Lecture 10: Fisheries over-exploitation

- Lecture 11: Harvest regulations

- Lecture 12: Manipulating physical habitat

- Lecture 13: Manipulating biotic communities

- Lecture 14: Hatchery issues

- Lecture 15: Imperiled and extinct fishes

- Lecture 16: Cod and striped bass case studies


- Effects of escape from fishing gear on sockeye salmon migration and survival (David Moulton)

- Government Science: Inquiry, innovation, and perseverance in silent and vocal times (Kristi Miller)

- Dr. Hinch intro to Miller lecture

- Biology & Management of rainbow trout (Eric Parkinson)


Additional readings: (will be assigned in lecture)

- Overexploitation: Ludwig et al. 1993, Post et al. 2002, Pauly et al. 2002


Student seminar presentations: (coming later in the semester)