The oceans cover about 70 percent of the earth’s surface and play a central role determining the well being of the planet. The oceans provide us with recreation, food, and numerous other ecosystem services. This course first provides a brief introduction as to biodiversity of marine organisms. Through the experience in the fieldwork and classroom lectures, the students learn marine organisms living in the Pacific and other oceans, the biological function individual species have, and their life strategies and evolutions to survive in the long history of interspecific competition. The course then examines how the behavior of fishermen and managers interact to maintain viable fisheries around the world. It helps students understand why overfishing occurs, and introduces them to various methods for preventing overfishing and improving ecological, economic and community outcomes for harvesters and the post-harvest sector. The course also covers topics on contradiction of fishery trade that currently occurs in the US.
1. Biological function in individual species and their life strategies to survive in interspecific competition.
2. How does the physical environment influence the ecosystem? Discussions based on field observation on board R/V Centennial.
3. Fishery Management
4. Educational excursion for the whale museum and whale watching tour.