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...

Dr. David Die

Fisheries Management and Conservation

(305) 421-4607
Research Expertise Professor Die has worked for 30 years on research devoted to the assessment and management of worldwide fisheries and his research has been instrumental in the development of major management changes to promote sustainability. He has current collaborative research links with scientists in scientific institutions all around the...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
MBE 713 Marine Population Dynamics 3
EVR 660
& EVR 661
Introduction to Marine GIS + Intro to Marine GIS Lab (Can be taken Fall or Spring) 3
EVR 625 Fisheries Socioeconomics & Management (or ELECTIVE) 3
RSM 612 or EVR 624 Statistics for Marine Scientists or Data Analysis for Environmental Policy 3
Credit Hours 13-14
Spring Credit Hours
MBE 621 or EVR 662 Field Techniques & Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology or Intermediate Spatial Analysis. 3
MES 710 International Ocean Law & Governance (or ELECTIVE) 3
MBE 646 Marine Population Biology Processes & Modeling 3
EVR 677 Fisheries Ecosystems: Management & Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 3
Credit Hours 12
Summer Credit Hours
MBE 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
EVR 714 Population Modeling, Risk Assessment & Management 3
EVR 715 Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics in Marine Science 3
BIL 623 Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates 4
EVR 623 Applied Environmental Economics 3
MBE 716 Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists 3
MBE 787 Biology and Systematics of Fishes 3
EVR 720 Coastal Law and Policy 3
EVR 618 Coastal Zone Management 3
MAS 647 Computer Simulation Systems 3
MBE 676 Diseases of Marine Organisms 3
EVR 602 Economics of Natural Resources 3
EVR 620 Environmental Law 3
MBE 678 Evolutionary Genetics 3
POL 631 Global Environment Politics 3
EVR 710 International Ocean Law And Governance 3
RSM 621 Object-Oriented Programming And Agent-Based Modelling 3
EVR 616 Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis 3
EVR 601 Political Ecology of Marine Management 3
MBE 635 Practical Computing for Biologists 3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques 3
RSM 710 The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms 3
MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course (MOCC), or Advanced MOCC 1-2


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