Sustainable Fishing

Sustainable Fishing

There are two videos to choose from to learn about Sustainable Fishing.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section.

Take A Deeper Dive!

David Attenborough explains what we need to do to stop overfishing.

One way to increase fish production sustainably is to move aquaculture offshore. This short documentary opens discussions with the fisheries managers at the front line of this change.

Activities

Draw and Label a Fish

You will need:

  • Plain paper
  • Colouring pens/pencils

Use the tutorials below to learn to draw a fish. Choose from a cartoon fish or a realistic drawing.

Use the diagram below to label the main parts of the fish.

Include a copy of your drawing in your portfolio.

Image Credit: Kent and Essex IFCA

Investigate Sustainably Sourced Seafood Products

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label represents the standard for sustainable fishing practices. Fish and seafood which have this label come from fisheries that have been assessed on their impacts on wild fish populations, and the ecosystem they are part of. The good practices not only apply to the fishery but the entire supply chain. 

The MSC’s blue fish label is found on more than 25,000 seafood products around the world, making it the most widely used and recognised label for certified sustainable seafood.

Take a look around your home or your local supermarket and make a list of the products which hold the MSC’s blue fish label.

Quick questions to think about:

  • Was it easy to spot the label?
  • Were there many products with the label?
  • For those products which were not certified, was there an alternative certified product available?
  • How easy would it be for you to choose sustainable seafood?

Write or video a summary of your findings.

Include your list and your summary in your portfolio.

Project

Write a Film Review

  • Download this sample template for a review from Thompson Rivers University. 
  • How to Write a Movie Review has some helpful tips if you are looking for more guidance.
  • Watch the MSC: “My Dad, the Fisherman” documentary above.
  • Fill in the notes of what you want to include in your outline. 
  • Then, create your review. You could create a podcast, a video, or a written essay. 
  • Be sure to use a tool like Grammarly to help improve and edit your writing.

Upload your review to your portfolio.

Advanced Project(s)

Choose at least one.

Industrial fishing practices continue around the world today. Many unwanted species are indiscriminately caught with lines and nets, and then discarded as a waste product. We call this bycatch.

Take Action Against Industrial Fishing

The use of bottom trawling nets is an unsustainable practice which not only depletes fish populations but damages the entire ecosystem, often beyond repair.

Create a 3-5 minute video introducing the problem of industrial trawling practices, and encourage others to join you in your campaign.

Things you might decide to do:

  • Write to your legislator
  • Raise money for organisations trying to change practices
  • Volunteer time or skills
  • Raise awareness
  • Support an existing cause
  • Solve a new problem
  • Organize a local event
  • Organize an online event

Include a summary of your project in your portfolio. Be sure to include any written or video content you created as well as a description of the project and your motivation.

Write an Essay on the Benefits of Sustainable Fishing Practices

Download and print this outline tool  from modelteaching.com, to help you organize your essay. 

Do the research and fill in the notes of what you want to include in your outline.  Then, write the essay. Be sure to use a tool like Grammarly to help improve and edit your writing.

These videos outline some of the alternatives to industrial fishing practices and the benefits of sustainable fishing to the ecosystems.

You may also wish to read these resources:

Upload your essay to your portfolio.

Books

Read Aloud Book(s)