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M - Intermediate

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In this course we will explore marine conservation from three angles. We will begin by examining the causes for the loss of marine biodiversity. In particular, we will focus on the consequences of overexploitation (e.g. fisheries, whaling), noise pollution (e.g. ship traffic, oil and gas exploration and production), and climate change (e.g. acidification, reduction of sea ice). We will then investigate potential solutions and courses of action to reduce or eliminate these causes, such as marine protected areas, fisheries quota systems, and international treaties or organizations. Finally, we will discuss the roles that science, private and public interests, as well as laws and politics play in the process that leads from determining that conservation action is required to the decision on which steps to take. Course materials will draw on sources from case studies, primary literature, popular press, and practitioners to demonstrate the complexity and challenge of establishing the need for marine conservation as well as of deciding which options will be most effective and appropriate. At the end of the course, students will have the tools and knowledge to critically: a) identify causes for marine biodiversity loss; b) develop and assess potential solutions; and c) discuss the role of science in the process of developing marine conservation measures.


Marine Biology and Introduction to Oceanography.

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