Fish and Fisheries Biology

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fish and Fisheries Biology

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI201 or BI202 or MS202

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Equivalent to MS307. This is the only vertebrate biology course on offer and is designed to teach components of fish biology, population dynamics and management. Topics include fish classification, anatomy, bioenergetics, physiology and aspects of their ecology. Basic principles of aquaculture and their application to Pacific Island countries are discussed and aspects of fish population dynamics are covered such as stock abundance, age, growth, recruitment, yield and mortality. Both traditional and conventional fishing methods, management strategies and regulations are examined. The tuna fishery, which is the largest commercial fishery in the South Pacific, is also studied.
    Practical experiments include fish classification and dissections in the laboratory. There will also be field trips conducted on the use of traditional and modern fishing gear, stock assessment and aquaculture. Students will be required to deliver a seminar on a relevant fisheries topic.

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