Sea Elephant

In every walk with nature one receives
far more than he seeks.
~ John Muir

Wildlife Management

Webquest:  Overfishing and Endangered Species

Welcome to the computer lab!  Today you will be exploring how overfishing is affecting different marine organisms.  Your job is to obtain answers to the following questions by visiting the sites listed below.  Write your answers in complete sentences on a separate sheet of paper.

Review Questions

  1. What makes fish healthy to eat?
  2. What are some of the risks of eating seafood, and what causes these risks?
  3. What are the three types of seafood consumed most frequently in the U.S.?
  4. What is sustainable fishing, and how do we ensure it happens?
  5. What does the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Reauthorization Act do, and when was it signed into law?
  6. What is overfishing, and what are some of the causes of it?
  7. Identify three fish that are threatened by overfishing, and tell a little bit about the situation of each.
  8. Identify three fish that are not currently being overfished, and are okay to eat.
  9. What is bycatch, and why does it happen?
  10. Describe the situation of three different animals affected by bycatch.
  11. Describe some solutions to bycatch.
  12. There are nine main fishing methods used frequently.  Describe each and expalin what is good and bad about them. 
  13. What is aquaculture?  Describe both the pros and cons of aquaculture.
  14. What are some ways to reduce the negative things about aquaculture?
  15. Identify several things you can do to help slow the decline and endangerment of fish populations.

Decision Questions

  1. Suppose you are a politician representing the interests of a small community whose economic health depends on the fishing industry.  How would you approach the problem of overfishing of nearby species?
  2. Do you think federal laws regulating the fishing industry is necessary?  Why or why not?
  3. Seafood in restaurants and stores are available from a variety of sources, and not all of them are from sustainable and ecologically responsible sources.  Is it worth it to you to spend more money on seafood that was sustainably harvested?  Explain why or why not.
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