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Science Behind Sustainable Seafood curriculum from NOAA AK Fisheries Science Center
The NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) has developed a high school curriculum titled "science behind sustainable seafood."
The curriculum has six lessons that illustrate the importance of responsibly managing a natural resource and how scientific information is necessary to manage responsibly. All lessons are aligned to National standards and Ocean Literacy Principles. Each lesson has supporting powerpoint files, images, data and/or extra reading materials. The lessons are designed to inspire your own lessons, can be used individually or together to form a multi-week seafood science experience.
Lesson 1 - Fishing for the future
Learn why responsible resource management is important to ensuring sustainable seafood.
Lesson 2 - How many fish are there?
Learn how difficult it is to estimate fish populations and the complexities of counting fish in the ocean.
Lesson 3 - Age Matters!
Learn about the aspects of fish biology that are important to sustainable harvesting, like the age of a fish or how old they are when they first reproduce.
Lesson 4 - Survival in a dangerous environment!
Learn why understanding what happens throughout a fish's life history is important to understanding the size of a population.
Lesson 5 - Solving the ecosystem puzzle.
Learn how ecosystem interactions are linked to the health of a fish population.
Lesson 6 - Responsible management
Learn how an integrated process helps keep U.S. seafood sustainable. This is a role playing activity where students conduct a mock Fishery Management Council meeting to determine the annual limit for a fish species.
These lessons use species from Alaska, but they can be easily modified using species from all regions of the U.S. to reflect the differences in scientific strategies and/or management strategies based on their respective species life histories.
Feedback is always welcome!
Around Puget Sound: Evenings with Invertebrates—Low-Tide and Dockside programs
Local groups are hosting evening programs this winter spying on those marine invertebrates we all love, here are a few we found:
Seattle: Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists: http://www.seattleaquarium.org/night-beach-walk
Gig Harbor: Harbor Wildwatch: http://www.harborwildwatch.org/programs/pier-into-the-night/
Tacoma: Foss Waterway and Seaport: http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/education-programs/family-activities