MESĀ 671. Marine Conservation Biology: An Ecosystem-Based Paradigm. 3 Credit Hours.

Until now, fisheries management has used a species-specific approach to conservation, focusing attention on economically important species that people consume. There has been some research on charismatic mega-fauna, particularly whales, seabirds and sea turtles. To this day, fishery biologists are concerned mainly with assessing stocks of commercially harvested species to maintain biomass production, rather than maintaining and restoring biological integrity: species composition, habitat structure and ecosystem function. It is only in the past few years that a new biodiversity-focused, ecosystem-based, multidisciplinary scientific approach to marine conservation has emerged. This new paradigm is known as Marine Conservation Biology.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Fall.