Fisheries Management and Conservation

Master Of Professional Science

Fisheries Management and Conservation Degree Track

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.

Plan of Study Grid

Fall Credit Hours
RSM 665Fisheries Ecology & Oceanography3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine GIS + Intro to Marine GIS Lab (Can be taken Fall or Spring)3
MES 625Fisheries Socioeconomics & Management (or ELECTIVE)3
MES 608Biometrics in Marine Science3
Credit Hours13-14
SpringCredit Hours
MES 645Marine Population Assessment Surveys & Analysis3
MES 710International Ocean Law & Governance (or ELECTIVE) 3
MES 646Marine Population Biology Processes & Modeling 3
MES 677Fisheries Ecosystems: Management & Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MES 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours31-32
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

CodeTitleCredit Hours
BIL 623Advanced Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists3
MBE 787Biology and Systematics of Fishes3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 618Coastal Zone Management3
MAS 647Computer Simulation Systems3
MBE 676Diseases of Marine Organisms3
MES 602Economics of Natural Resources3
MES 620Environmental Law3
MBE 678Evolutionary Genetics3
POL 631Global Environment Politics3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
RSM 621Object-Oriented Programming And Agent-Based Modelling3
MES 616Ocean Policy and Development and Analysis3
RSM 710The Physical Environment of Marine Organisms3
MES 601Political Ecology of Marine Management3
RSM 600Research Diving Techniques3
RSM 667Motorboat Operator Certificate Course (MOCC), or Advanced MOCC1-2
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin