Fisheries Management And Conservation Degree Track

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Master of Professional Science

Fisheries Management and Conservation supports the management of marine resources by providing society with quantitative knowledge and modeling of the natural and anthropogenic processes that regulate the dynamics and functioning of fishery ecosystems and by providing predictions on the future behavior of such systems. The Fisheries Management and Conservation track is a unique, academic program that allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a fishery scientist with curriculum options in various relevant areas of interest, such as fishery management, fishery surveys, and quantitative fisheries. Respectively, students will learn about the processes influencing fisheries management and the development of fisheries policy alternatives, develop knowledge about the statistical design and implementation of fishery surveys and monitoring programs, and apply advanced statistical and mathematical modeling tools in support of fishery stock assessments. Graduates with these skills find employment in government agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, state agencies, Fishery Councils, Non-Governmental Organizations, and regional NOAA laboratories.

Fisheries Management and Conservation (FMC)

The MPS in Fisheries Management allows students to develop the professional skills required to be a fisheries scientist with curriculum options in various relevant areas of interest, such as fisheries management, fisheries surveys, and quantitative fisheries.

Program Requirements

Dr. Elizabeth Babcock

Fisheries Management and Conservation

(305) 421-4852
I work on fisheries stock assessment and quantitative ecological modelling, with focal species including sharks, tunas, billfishes, sturgeons, conchs and lobsters. The use of innovative data sources and analysis methods to inform conservation and management of fisheries for which traditional fisheries data are lacking is a primary focus of my...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
RSM 665 Fisheries Ecology & Oceanography 3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine GIS + Intro to Marine GIS Lab (Can be taken Fall or Spring) 3
MES 625 Fisheries Socioeconomics & Management (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 608 Biometrics in Marine Science 3
Credit Hours 13-14
Spring Credit Hours
MES 645 Marine Population Assessment Surveys & Analysis 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law & Governance (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 646 Marine Population Biology Processes & Modeling 3
MES 677 Fisheries Ecosystems: Management & Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
MES 805 MPS Internship 6
Credit Hours 6
Total Credit Hours 31-32

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

Code Title Credit Hours
BIL 623 Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates 4
MBE 716 Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists 3
MBE 787 Biology and Systematics of Fishes 3
MES 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
MES 618 Coastal Zone Management 3
MAS 647 Computer Simulation Systems 3
MBE 676 Diseases of Marine Organisms 3
MES 602 Economics of Natural Resources 3
MES 620 Environmental Law 3
MBE 678 Evolutionary Genetics 3
POL 631 Global Environment Politics 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law And Governance 3
RSM 621 Object-Oriented Programming And Agent-Based Modelling 3
MES 616 Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis 3
RSM 710 The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms 3
MES 601 Political Ecology of Marine Management 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course (MOCC), or Advanced MOCC 1-2


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