Do You Know What Fish You're Eating?
Students design and conduct research to discover firsthand what type of fish is being sold in their community, where this fish comes from, and whether that fish is an overfished species. This lesson gives students a chance to do their own market research and discover first-hand what type of fish is being sold to the public. It also provides an introduction to fish as an important food source and as an industry controlled partly by supply and demand. The results that emerge from this lesson will likely lead your students to question the role of public education in seafood choices for sustainable fisheries.
Fishing for the Future
Through a fishing simulation, students model several consecutive seasons of a commercial fishery and explore how technology, population growth, and sustainable practices impact fish catch and fisheries management.
Students will study and replicate a model of the factors affecting fisheries populations in the Chesapeake Bay (or any other bay). Through a game they will investigate how decisions by watermen, recreational fisherpeople, and lawmakers influence and are influenced by economics and the abundance or scarcity of fish and shellfish stocks.
Salmon Scavenger Hunt
Go on a salmon scavenger hunt to find out about threats to salmon populations. gather information about some of the reasons wild salmon have gone from such incredible abundance to relative scarcity, and about some of the things people are doing to help salmon recover.
Sharks in Decline
Carry out group simulations of common fishing methods and assess why these methods and sharks' reproductive biology are together contributing to a rapid decline in shark populations.
To Culture or Not to Culture: The Controversy Continues
Aquaculture, like any other industry, has its costs and benefits, as well as its proponents and opponents. Students will discuss some of the pros and cons related to aquaculture. As a class, the students will discuss the hypothetical case studies provided. In cooperative learning groups, students will engage in an aquaculture debate in the style of a town meeting.