Subjects & Disciplines
- use scientific terminology to describe the sustainability status of marine fisheries
- describe the primary fisheries issues and their effects on the sustainability of various United States fisheries
- explain why researchers study fish populations
- describe two methods used by researchers to study fish populations
- simulate the mark and recapture method
- estimate the size of a fish population and the percentage of bycatch
- identify major fishing regions on a world map
- describe key geographic and ecological features that make these areas good fishing regions
- identify the sustainability level and geographic distribution of selected seafood species
- discuss what the global fisheries crisis is and how human populations and consumption impact it
- reflect on how people can make more sustainable seafood choices
- Cooperative learning
- Hands-on learning
- Information organization
- Multimedia instruction
- Simulations and games
- Visual instruction
- 21st Century Student Outcomes
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
- Geographic Skills
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
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- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per classroom, 1 computer per small group, Projector, Speakers
- Plug-Ins: Flash
Set up each team station and materials in advance.
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Before starting the activity, queue up and practice using the National Geographic Impact of Seafood interactive.
Using the MapMaker Kit Assembly video as a guide, print, laminate, and assemble the Water Planet Mega Map before starting this activity.
Before starting the activity:
- Queue up the videos.
- Using the MapMaker Kit Assembly video as a guide, print, laminate, and assemble the Water Planet Mega Map.
- basic algebra
Recommended Prior Lessons
fish or any other organisms accidentally caught in fishing gear.
fishing industry where the number of fish has been severely reduced or depleted. Also called a depleted fishery.
industry or occupation of harvesting fish, either in the wild or through aquaculture.
way of monitoring animal population. A random group of animals is captured, marked with a tag or band, and released before another random group from the same population is captured. Some of the animals from the second group may have been tagged previously. Also called sight-resight, band recovery, and capture-mark-recapture.
fishing industry where catches are increasing after having been reduced or depleted.
industry of harvesting fish or shellfish that can be maintained without damaging the ecosystem or fish population.
fish, shellfish, and other aquatic organisms harvested from fish farms or fisheries that can be maintained without damaging the ecosystem.
process in which cold, nutrient-rich water from the bottom of an ocean basin or lake is brought to the surface due to atmospheric effects such as the Coriolis force or wind.
For Further Exploration
- National Geographic Environment: The Ocean—Photo Gallery: Overfishing
- National Geographic Magazine: Still Waters, The Global Fish Crisis
- Census of Marine Life: Investigating Marine Life
- NOAA: National Marine Fisheries Service—FishWatch: U.S. Seafood Facts
- National Geographic Environment: The Ocean—The Impact of Seafood
- The End of the Line: Imagine a World Without Fish
- The Biology Corner: Mark-Recapture Game
- NOAA: National Marine Fisheries Service—FishWatch Glossary
- NOAA: Fisheries—Office of Sustainable Fisheries
- National Geographic Education: National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA)
- R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program: Virtual Expedition