Spring semester courses

Mai ke kai, mai ke ola - Living resources of the sea (OCN331)

Philosophy: Our goal is to have a class open to students from a diversity of backgrounds that will provide them with a basic understanding of marine resource use, an issue affecting all of us.

    Aquatic Pollution (OCN320 WI)

    Philosophy:   Empower ourselves to make informed decisions regarding future environmental issues. 


      Student Learning Objectives:


      • Describe the important and diverse ways in which water systems interact with human activities.
      • Recognize the fragility of Earth’s water systems and describe the challenges to balancing pristine ‘natural’ aquatic systems and human activities.
      • Describe key ‘natural’ aquatic components and processes and the effects of human activity on these natural systems. 
      • Identify the compromises society must make between protecting natural systems and providing for the vital needs of growing populations.


      • Distinguish science writing from scientific writing and formulate examples of each.
      • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources and recognize that students are writing as secondary sources.
      • Interpret scientific data (figures, tables) relating to water quality and critically evaluate the validity of such data.
      • Apply federal, state, local laws to issues of water quality and water usage.
      • Recommend course of action in venues where public opinion is being solicited by the government.

      Student Learning Outcomes:

      • Students will be able to explain how marine food web processes function to produce commercially important fisheries in various oceanic realms, and discuss reasons for limitations to fisheries catches.
      • Students will be able to compare and contrast terrestrial and marine living resource management.
      • Students should be able to integrate and frame the impact of indigenous fishery practices and the evolution of fishery technology to various commercially important fisheries throughout the world.
      • Students will be able to discuss the basic principles of fisheries management, and deduce the practical and theoretical problems in their application.
      • Students will be able to make links between the changing importance of aquaculture globally in supplying seafood to an increasing demand.
      • Students will be able to compare and contrast the histories of fisheries and aquaculture in Hawaii, the Pacific Rim, and globally.
      • Students will be able to estimate anthropogenic influences on the ocean such as climate change and pollution affecting fisheries.