NCSR Marine Fisheries Series
The marine fisheries issue is complex and represents an opportunity to approach the nature and management of a natural resource from several different perspectives in courses in natural resource or environmental science programs. Complete coverage of all fisheries-related topics is probably impractical for most courses unless the course is entirely devoted to fisheries. Instructors may select some topics for coverage and de-emphasize or ignore others. Thus, these curriculum materials are designed to meet a variety of instructional needs and strategies. The NCSR Marine Fisheries Series is comprised of the following:
1. PowerPoint Presentations
These presentations include PowerPoint slides, lecture outlines and detailed instructor notes on various marine fisheries topics.
This module provides a comprehensive examination of the decline of the Atlantic cod. Instructional materials include student learning objectives, a PowerPoint presentation with instructor notes, student handouts, suggested resources and assessment. Brief descriptions of other fisheries for development as case studies are also provided.
This module provides detailed summaries for six excellent videos that examine various aspects of the marine fisheries issue:
This module also provides a comprehensive glossary of terms commonly used in marine fisheries.
In addition, complete citations and brief summaries of web, print and video resources are provided that can be used to:
4. Activity-based Instructional Modules
The manner in which instructors use the modules in this series will depend upon:
The marine fisheries modules are most appropriate for inclusion in undergraduate courses such as Environmental Science, Introduction to Natural Resources, Marine Biology, Introduction to Fisheries and Fisheries Management. Parts of the modules may also have application in courses with a broader scope such as General Ecology and General Biology.
The marine fisheries modules assume some understanding of basic ecology including populations, communities and ecosystem structure and function. The treatment of ecology in either a college-level or high school-level general biology course should be sufficient. Instructors may need to provide additional background to students who are not familiar with this material.
There is sufficient information and resources in the marine fisheries modules to present anything from a single one-hour lecture to a major portion of a full academic term, lecture-only course. Instructors may select from the various components depending on course objectives and the amount of time allocated for marine fisheries topics.
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Curriculum produced by NCSR. Funding Provided by the National Science Foundation
Updated July 2010.