Fish stocks and marine ecosystems are increasingly threatened by growing consumer demand and the impacts of climate change and extensive pollution, particularly plastics. Information about these changes in the marine environment is needed to inform creative responses to ensure the integrity of marine ecosystems, including fish resources and responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Fisheries science studies the life history and state of fish stocks.
Fisheries scientists can work with fish in both freshwater and ocean environments undertaking research. They can work with various stakeholders, including local communities as well as water quality scientists and marine biologists, for example.
Fisheries scientists must have a passion for fish and marine life and a comprehensive knowledge of laws and regulations guiding the fishing industry. They will also benefit from:
Design and implement research and conservation projects
Conduct field examinations, collecting and analysing biological data
Develop and conduct educational programmes
Advise on the development and implementation of policy and rehabilitation programmes
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at RU
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences specialising in Botany or Zoology at all universities
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Oceanography at CPUT
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Nautical Studies at DUT
National, provincial and local government.
NGOs, community-based and development organisations and private consultancies.