AFI-32806 Marine Resources Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)ir. PAM van Zwieten
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. LAJ Nagelkerke
ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
prof. dr. AD Rijnsdorp
Examiner(s)ir. PAM van Zwieten
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld

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Living renewable resources in marine, coastal and large freshwater ecosystems play a key role in providing food, income and employment in many parts of the world as well as many non-consumptive use values. Fishing has dominant direct and indirect impacts on marine community and their habitats, but changes occur through other uses as well. An effective management of exploitation in this wider sense requires a systems approach. In this course management is treated as a continuous decision-making process. That is, based on realistic problem formulations by those involved in management ecologically sound, economically feasible and socially acceptable objectives are formulated. Another aspect of this process is the collection and presentation of adequate information on fisheries, fish stocks, ecosystems and their biophysical and economic drivers. This requires both good science as well as good communication to help stakeholders involved in management to make sense of the available information. A final part of the management cycle is the analysis and evaluation of the effectiveness of management measures. You will gain insights in basic fisheries and marine ecological and environmental economic concepts; and you will practice ecological and economic information tools as for instance historical trend analysis, population dynamic and bio-economic models, risk-based approaches to assessment ecological valuation and game theory analysis. You will practice the management cycle through case studies presenting distinct resource use management problems in different ecosystems - oceans, tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems and large lakes. You will participate in the analysis of these problems, review information and design management options taking into account the perspectives of stakeholders with different objectives related to exploitation and conservation, of aquatic organisms and the use of marine habitats. The course focuses on fisheries on fish, shellfish and crustaceans, though examples of other organisms (mammals, birds and seaweed) will also be given.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate insight and apply the concept of (adaptive) management as a continuous decision-making process based on uncertain information in marine resources management;
- analyse the trade-offs between conflicting objectives in marine resources management and develop effective ways to deliberate among objectives from marine resource ecological and environmental economic viewpoints;
- explain major ecological and economic drivers and impacts of marine resource use and measures available to adapt to or regulate them;
- use economic and ecological research tools to evaluate the influence of (international) regulations and the outcome of management measures;
- demonstrate insight in the information needs of various stakeholders in the management process and economic and ecological concepts and tools to acquire that information;
- integrate and present selected case studies of marine resources management problems.


- follow lectures;
- perform tutorial exercises;
- analyse case studies.


- written test with ca. 10 open questions on lectures and tutorials (65%);
- group report on case studies (35%).


Course guide with de tailed study objectives
Course book for both lecture and tutorials
Internet site with lecture handouts and additional background information
Assignments and self-test questions.

Compulsory for: MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScB: Marine Resources and Ecology3WD
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScC: Marine Governance3WD
Restricted Optional for: MASAnimal SciencesMScF: Animal Ecology3WD