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Degree in Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management (BSc in Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost 19105K

All Common Modules for Year 1

ALL Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and the Environmen students take the same common set of first year modules. Students passing these year 1 modules can qualify with an undergraduate certificate in Natural Resources Management. OR they can move into the second year of any one of our diploma/ degree courses. Students who qualify and decide to leave after year two qualify with a diploma, after three years they qualify for a higher diploma and after four years with a bachelors or honours degree depending on year three to four progression rules.

Courses Year 1:

  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Introduction to Agriculture
  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Introduction to Fisheries
  • Natural Resource Conservation & Utilisation
  • On Farm Practice
  • Introduction to Economics & Management
  • Applied Biology
  • Physical Science
  • Introduction to Tourism

Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Management

Fisheries, the exploitation of living aquatic resources from capture fisheries, recreational fisheries, and aquaculture make a significant contribution to the economy of PNG. The Department offers four courses, aimed at ensuring PNG produces graduates with the skills and knowledge required to help lead and manage our fisheries industry sustainably, and carry out research designed to address the problems faced by our modern fisheries industry.

Advanced Diploma of Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management 
This is a three year full time undergraduate course. Students can leave the course with a Diploma after having successfully completed the second year.

Degree/Honours Degree in Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management 
This course is PNG’s only fully integrated module of study for students wishing to prepare themselves for a wide range of careers, within both the public and private sectors of the fisheries industry in PNG and the South Pacific Region. These include professional and technical positions in the areas of biological, environmental and economics research, fisheries regulation and management, environmental and resource conservation, aquaculture research, fish farming, fishing gear technology, seafood technology and marketing. Students gain an overall appreciation of all aspects of fisheries research, development and management. High achieving students can gain an honours degree after completing a dissertation in year four. The degree course requires four years of full-time study. Entry requirement for the degree module is the completion of the Diploma in Fisheries and Marine Resources with highly satisfactory results in Year 2, with an average mark of 65% or better.

Degree in Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management – Bridging 
Students already holding a Diploma in Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Resources Management followed by at least 3 years industry experience can apply to enter the Bachelor in Fisheries and Marine Resources bridging program via direct entry into the fourth year program for the degree. Enrolment is competitive and subject to eligibility conditions.

Courses of year 2,3 and 4:

  • ICT for Natural Resources
  • Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Introduction to Plant Science
  • Biology of Fisheries Resources
  • Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Marine Conservation Biology
  • Fishing Operations and Gear Technology
  • Introduction to Tropical Seafood
  • Intro to Fisheries and Marine Resource Management
  • Applied Ecology
  • Statistics
  • Work Experience
  • Placement between year 2 and Fisheries Marketing
  • Fisheries observing, monitoring and statistics
  • Freshwater ecology and limnology
  • Small Business Planning
  • Research Methods
  • Aquaculture
  • Tropical seafood science
  • Inland fisheries
  • Fisheries Oceanography
  • Intro climate change impacts to fisheries and aquaculture
  • Industry Project
  • or Research Project I
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Biology, Ecology and Management of Commercial Fisheries Species in PNG
  • Fisheries climatology
  • Marine pollution assessment
  • Current Issues in Natural Resources
  • or Research Project II
  • Fish population dynamics
  • Fisheries economics
  • Marine law, policy and resource management
  • Ecological approaches to fisheries management
Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Ocean Literacy
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management