OCB 1315 - Marine Mammal Rescue
Prerequisites: Passing OCB 1000 with a C or higher (CR C)
This class introduces the applications necessary for marine mammal rescue. Topics include: species identification, basic
handling, evaluation and transport, marine mammal rescue equipment and field site set-up, stranding coordination, human
participant interaction training, basic necropsy protocols and sampling procedures, introduction to the incident command
system ICS 100, and the relevant regulations and policies of Title IV of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and of the APHIS,
AWA, and ESA.
OCB 2102C - Marine Data Collection
Prerequisites: OCB 1000 CR C
This interdisciplinary field-oriented laboratory course involves marine data collection and the establishment of a marine
data base for selected reef, sea grass, and mangrove island communities. Students will survey marine communities with
emphasis on population dynamics, succession and the establishment of density, dominance, frequency and importance
values for sessile invertebrates and marine plants.
OCB 2107C - Field Application of Marine Science: Monitoring Caribbean Reef Fish
Prerequisites: Passing OCB 1000 and OCB 2102C with a C or higher (CR C) and must be a certified diver and permission
Students will learn about the history and importance of reef fish assessment. The course focuses heavily
on recognition and identification of Caribbean reef fish species. The students are introduced to a variety of reef
fish assessment protocols. The course will focus on the application of the Bhonsack-Bannerot reef fish assessment
method during field labs.
OCB 2132C - Field Application of Marine Science: Restoration of Coral Reefs
Prerequisites: Passing OCB 1000 and OCB 2102C with a C or higher (CR C) and must be a certified diver and permission of
The students will learn why coral nursery propagation and restoration is needed and why staghorn (Acropora) coral
is a good candidate for restoration. Students must master coral restoration methodologies including construction and
deployment of propagation modules, transplanting of coral cuttings and transplanting of mature coral restoration units to
damaged or barren reef areas. They must participate in all phases of the establishment of at least 100 new coral cuttings at
the nursery and 18 corals at a restoration site. This course will have 2 lecture contact hours per week (=30 contact hours per
semester) and 2 lab contact hours per week (=30 contact hours per semester).
OCB 2133C - Field Application of Marine Science: Restoration of Seagrass
Prerequisites: ( OCB 1000 CR C and OCB 2102C CR C ) or INST 0
The students will learn why seagrass is important and why seagrass restoration is
needed. They will also learn why the bird stake method is widely accepted for seagrass
restoration. Students must master restoration methodologies including prop scar and
blow out measurement, Braun Blanquet benthic assessment, bird stake construction
and deployment and seagrass planting unit production and deployment. They must
participate in the restoration of at least 50 m2 of damaged seagrass.