Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Fish Ecology and Management

 Title Abbreviation:   FISH ECOLOGY/MANAGEMENT

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    210

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Fish communities and their ecological and physical requirements. Emphasis on population dynamics in relation to habitat changes and fishing pressures.


Prerequisite: ENVC 122 and 123. Reading and researching technical journals on current topics of fish conservation and management required. Report writing required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the ecological roles of fish within their ecosystems.
  2. Evaluate fish habitat parameters.
  3. Evaluate current topics to the Pacific Northwest scenario through group analysis.
  4. Understand the principles of fish communities and how it relates to other ecological variables.
  5. Understand cultural differences when managing fisheries resources and potentially competing interests.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.1 Determine the extent of information needed.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.4 Understand the concept of local/global stewardship, and its ethical components, to communities and environments.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

Course Contents

  1. Life history of fish.
  2. Habitat partitioning and segregation by stream fishes.
  3. Physicochemical tolerances by freshwater fish.
  4. Grazing fish. Predatory fish.
  5. Ecomorphological analysis of fish communities. Fish conservation in rivers and lakes.
  6. Ecology of salmonids and their keystone status.
  7. Conceptual ecosystem model of salmon.
    • Competing societal interests in salmon resources based on different cultural norms in PNW society.
  8. Technical readings in fish ecology. Analyze and discuss technical papers.