The first part of the course provides students with a solid foundation in fisheries management with a focus on British Columbia. This course emphasizes fish identification, fish measurements, ichthyology, life history, basic biological features, fisheries management issues (e.g., mark recapture, stock recruitment), fish culture and fisheries techniques. The second part of the course covers the principles and practice of wildlife ecology and management with particular emphasis on inventory protocols and species at risk in BC. Topics include: biology and ecology of wildlife species; dynamics of wildlife populations; methods of studying wildlife; natural and artificial regulation of animal numbers; control of problem wildlife; evaluation and enhancement of wildlife habitats; management for harvest. Field sessions outside of scheduled class time will be required.
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Upon successful completion of this ocurse, the student will be able to:
Contrast different underlying principles of fisheries management, including:
Contrast common fisheries sampling techniques (gill netting, seining, tagging).
Conduct methods used for fish measurement and aging.
Outline major fish-harvesting techniques, particularly those in British Columbia.
Conduct fish culture techniques including water supplies and treatment, containers, loadings and flow, hatchery maintenance and fish release strategies.
Propose juvenile salmonid sampling techniques, identification and enumeration methods including tagging methodologies.
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