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MA - Intermediate/Advanced

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According to the Chair of the Pew Oceans Commission, “America’s oceans are in a state of crisis. Pollution, unplanned coastal development, and the loss of fisheries, habitat, and wildlife threaten the health of the oceans and the tens of thousands of jobs that form the backbone of coastal communities.”

This course will provide a general understanding of both marine resources and current regional, national, and international policy regarding these resources.

Because oceans and the life they support transcend national and state boundaries, the course will explore international, national, and local oceanpolicy-making frameworks, including specific legislation addressing fisheries, coastal development, species protection, pollution, and resource extraction.

We will examine some of the controversies that exist in marine environments today using historical case studies of ocean management policy. These case studies include management of Atlantic salmon, tuna-dolphin interactions, off-shore oil drilling, and New England fisheries. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of these problems, it is necessary to understand how scientists and policy makers think about the same issues, how they attempt to solve problems, and how these two views can be brought together successfully.

Assessment will include several question sets, a final small group paper and presentation that investigates a current marine policy issue, and class participation.



Background in the biological sciences and environmental policy and permission of Instructors

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