Sustainable Fisheries

Course Dates

June 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021


One semester of college-level biology.

Course Description

Students will explore the theory and practice of fisheries sustainability through unique interactions with local fishermen and practitioners with an emphasis on finfish harvested in the Gulf of Maine. Through daily at-sea experiences aboard Shoals research vessels and commercial fishing vessels, students will receive a comprehensive overview of commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Maine. Students will gain proficiency in fish collection and dissection, understand quantitative approaches to data collection to help inform management decisions, gain perspective from different stakeholders about the conservation and development challenges facing the Gulf of Maine fishery and learn about the cultural and socio-economic issues involved in sustainable fisheries.

Learning outcomes for this course include:

  • Identify Gulf of Maine finfish and other commercially important species;
  • Know the basic biology, distribution, and ecology of commercially important fishes in the Gulf of Maine;
  • Know how fisheries data are collcted and used to determine basic stock assessments;
  • Understand market-based factors that influence sustainable fishing.


UNH Open Aquaculture Sustainable Fisheries at-sea

(L) SML students assist during feeding time at UNH's open ocean aquaculture facility at the Isles of Shoals (photo by T. Garzo). (R) At-sea aboard local, commercial fishing vessels (photo by J. Coyer).


Dr. Erik Chapman:

Director, N.H. Sea Grant; Fisheries & Aquaculture Program Leader and Commercial Fisheries Extension Specialist, N.H. Sea Grant; University of New Hampshire

Owen Nichols:

Director of Marine Fisheries Research, Center for Coastal Studies; Lecturer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; University of Massachusetts School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST)

Dr. Lindsey Williams:

University of New Hampshire, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering 

Course Video

Dr. Erik Chapman gives an overview on Community Supported Fisheries (CSFs).



Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 2800 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 702 (4 Credits)