Fisheries & marine ecosystems

Access to fisheries resources was one of the principle issues addressed in the Treaty of Paris that concluded the American Revolution. Fisheries access debates remain no less contentious or important today both domestically and internationally. Fisheries resources represent sources of subsistence, commerce, recreation, and national natural resource wealth and fisheries are tied to coastal communities. The disciplines of law, economics, biology, ecology, oceanography, political science, sociology and political science are all relevant to the study of fisheries management and policy. Contemporary trends in fisheries have seen emphasis on “co-management,” “discards and by catch,” “property rights,” and “ecosystem-based management” to name just a few. There is a lot to study here and considerable interplay with other topical research areas within the overall field of marine affairs.

Faculty working on Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems:
Courses offered in MAF

MAF 330 World Fishing

MAF/Anthro 413 — People and the Sea

MAF 523 — Fisheries Law and Management