Marine Fisheries Policy
A Junior/Senior Colloquium
Blake 131, Lipman Drive, Cook College Campus
Fridays, 9:15-12:15 a.m. (periods 1 and 2); plus two fieldtrips (9/24; 10/15)
A Junior/Senior Colloquium and EPIB Capstone Course that offers multi-disciplinary
perspectives on societal issues concerning food systems and the environment. This colloquium focuses on
fisheries, fishing communities, and marine conservation, from the perspectives of biology and biological
oceanography, economics, anthropology, and public policy. “Human ecology” refers to the holistic,
interdisciplinary perspective being taken, that includes people as major actors in ecological systems, for
better and for worse.
Recognition of coastal regions and oceans as critical
components of our world, worthy of our attention not only because of their beauty and the
wealth of resources they provide but also because of the challenges they present to our notions
of being able to control,
manage, and protect the environment around us.
Corson, Trevor. 2004.
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are
Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean
New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN:
McLeod, Karen and Heather Leslie, eds. 2009.
Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans.
Washington, DC: Island Press.
ISBN:-13: 1-59726-155-5 (paper).
Assignments and Evaluation:
Maintain a notebook for this course, where you keep your
classnotes and copies of the assignments and presentations (both team and individual); the final
grade will be based on the overall quality of your written and oral work (compilation of
assignments), how your team-mates assess your contributions to team projects, and your
engagement with the issues and ideas brought up in the course as measured by your
participation in class as well as your assignments. Presentations in class are team-based. Each
student is required to complete a 15-20 page paper by the end of the class that researches a
particular topic using what is learned from the class.
Each class will have a section devoted to ”current” events,” and students are asked to bring
research reports, news items, and other information about current events in marine wildlife and
Two assignments involving both oral and written
management council” and “adopt-a-socio-ecological system,” will be done in teams of 3-4
Two fieldtrips are scheduled:
9/24, an all-day fishing trip (7-2:30 p.m.); and
(tentatively) 10/15, a visit to fishing communities (roughly 8:30-1:30).
If you have conflicts due
to another class or to work, please let the instructor know ahead of time.