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MSC 134: Fisheries Gear Tech II

Instructor:  Shawna Rowe

S-204B & W-030

362-7407 & 362-7404


Summer Office Hours:
Mon:   0900-1100
Tues:   0800-0830
Wed:   0800-0830
Thurs: 0800-0830
Fri:      0900-1030

Alternate times should be scheduled by appointment.


If you are enrolled in this course, please visit the course BlackBoard site for assignments, study material, and announcements.

Semester Schedule:

The following course schedule should be considered flexible and subject to changes.  Topics and activities may be shifted in sequence or entirely altered to fit weather, equipment, and/or personnel constraints.



Syllabus Information

Last Updated May 2018


This course offers further experience and instruction in fishing gear theory and design and the collection and recording of biological data. Emphasis is placed on the general skills needed to design, construct, and repair complex sampling gear and be employed as a fisheries technician. Upon completion, students should be able to understand and apply fishing gear design and construction techniques and collect, compile, and record biological data.


MSC-132 – Fisheries Gear Technology I


2 Credit Hours (48 Course Hours):

  • 1 Class Hour per week
  • 2 Lab Hours per week

Max. Allowable Absences:  9.6 course hours


Section D01:

  • Lecture & Lab Location – W 040
  • Lecture – Tuesdays 0830-1000
  • Lab – Tuesdays 1000-1300
  • Make-up Hour – Tuesdays 1300-1430 (as scheduled)

Section D02:

  • Lecture & Lab Location – W 040
  • Lecture – Wednesdays 0830-1000
  • Lab – Wednesdays 1000-1300
  • Make-up Hour – Wednesdays 1300-1430 (as scheduled)

Section D03:

  • Lecture & Lab Location – W 040
  • Lecture – Thursdays 0830-1000
  • Lab – Thursdays 1000-1300
  • Make-up Hour – Thursdays 1300-1430 (as scheduled)


  1. The student will demonstrate proficiency in skills necessary for the deployment, use, retrieval, and repair of various types of entrapment, entanglement, towed, dragged, and/or encircling biological sampling gear.
  2. The student will demonstrate proficiency in reading and understanding various net plans.
  3. The student will gain a general understanding of the design and construction of single and multi-dimensional nets and/or other biological sampling apparatus.
  4. The student will demonstrate proficiency in skills necessary for the safe transportation of various boats including the unloading and loading of the boats into or out of water.
  5. The student will learn standard fish tagging techniques and tagged-fish monitoring methods.
  6. The student will demonstrate proficiency in compiling and recording biological data with an understanding of data interpretation and its’ uses.


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Students will be required to wear closed-toe shoes at all times during this class.  Students should be aware that shoes will likely get wet during field activities; an extra pair of shoes, therefore, may be desirable.


  • It is highly recommended that students obtain a practical pocket knife for use in working with rope and netting.
  • A water-resistant wrist watch is useful for field days.
  • It is also advisable for students to have proper sun protection (hat, sunblock, sunglasses, etc.) for various field exercises.
  • Packing a lunch and a couple bottles of water during field days is suggested.
  • Calculator


An overall minimum grade of 68% (D) is needed to obtain credit for this course.  Completion of all tests, quizzes, field exercises, and assignments is expected.  Make-up of tests missed for emergency reasons will be allowed upon the request of the student and at the discretion of the instructor, BUT never later than 5 school days after the originally scheduled test.  There will be no make-ups of quizzes, field exercises, or assignments.


As per the Marine Technology department attendance policy, missing more than 20% of class meetings will result in a grade of “F” for the course. In this course, missing more than 10 hours will result in an “F”. Two tardies equal one absence.

Attendance is marked at the beginning of each class.  If you arrive after your name has been called, you will be recorded as tardy (T).  Those not present for the class will be recorded as absent (A).  Two tardies (T’s) equal one hour absent (A).

If you are late to a lecture or late coming back from a break, please do so quietly.  You do not need to explain your absence or tardiness, but you are expected to get the notes on what you have missed from other students.  It is NOT the responsibility of the instructor to inform students of their number of absences.  You must keep track of your own attendance, being mindful not to exceed 10 hours of absences.


  • Due to the nature of this class, as well as OSHA guidelines, no student will be admitted, at any time, without proper footwear (i.e., no bare feet, sandals, flip-flops, or open-ended shoes).
  • Students must follow all safety requirements, including proper shop and boating safety protocols.
  • Students who ignore or violate safety requirements will be subject to discipline, which may include dismissal from the course. Rejections from class will result in an absence for the time missed.


  • In an effort to assist in proper building maintenance and to provide a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning, you are not permitted to eat or drink inside the classroom.
  • Tobacco products are prohibited on all CFCC property. The first offense will receive a warning; a second offense may result in disciplinary action.
  • Individual private conversations during class should be avoided as they are disruptive and a distraction to others who are listening to and participating in the information being presented. You will receive ONE warning for such behavior, and all subsequent occurrences will result in dismissal from the lecture or lab.
  • The use of cell phones in class is disruptive. Typing and receiving text messages and/or calls is distracting to fellow students as well as the instructor.  Cell phones should be turned OFF while in the classroom so as not to be an interruption. If you are expecting an important call, let the Instructor know beforehand.
  • You will be directed to work with other students for field work and group assignments in this class. It will behoove you (and your grade) to work together as a cohesive team, with each member of the team contributing to the completion of tasks.


30%     Class Participation

  • Includes general aptitude, effort, interest, and attention to various manipulative skills necessary for projects and exercises, as observed by the instructor.
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on field and lab activities.

40%     Daily Grades

  • Practical projects, assignments, quizzes, and tests.

30%     Final Exam

  •  Practical and/or Written Exam.
  •  The Practical Exam will include all knots, splices, mending, and patching covered in MSC-132, in addition to knots and techniques covered this semester.


A       92 – 100

B       84-91

C       76 – 83

D      68 – 76

      0 – 67