How We Fish Our Ocean

How We Fish Our Ocean

Watch this brief, video picture of practice that captures everyday classroom life and provides real-life examples of how students learn and think about ocean topics.


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Earth Science, Oceanography

Fishing has been around for thousands of years. With advances in technology and population growth, commercial fishing now dominates the way we fish our ocean. Commercial fishing practices allow us to take large amounts of fish from our ocean, but these practices now threaten the health of our ocean. How we fish our ocean has important consequences to the overall health of the ecosystem. It is important to look at not only the volume of fish taken by commercial fishing, but also how we fish and what components of the ecosystem we are removing. Overfishing large numbers of top predators or large numbers of organisms at the base of the food web can impact all other organisms in that food web.

Watch this video of 7th grade students in Carpinteria, California—a coastal community. The purpose of this classroom video is to see students learn about trophic levels and human activities.

For addtional classroom context, video analysis, and reflection opportunities, read the Picture of Practice page for "How We Fish Our Ocean" in the One Ocean Environmental Literacy Teacher Guide.

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E. Tucker Hirsh, M.S. Environmental Science and Management
Tara G. Treiber, B.A. Natural Sciences: Ecology
L. Jeremy Richardson, Ph.D. Physics
Marcia S. Matz, M.A. Design
Meghan E. Marrero, Ed.D. Science Education
Amanda P. Jaksha, M.Ed. Teaching and Teacher Education
Rachel J. Fisher, M.S. Biology
Cindy Olson
Julie Brown, National Geographic Society
Kristen Dell, National Geographic Society
Lindsey Mohan, Ph.D.
Chelsea Zillmer
Educator Reviewers
Catie Boarts, Heal the Bay
Meghan E. Marrero, New York State Marine Education Association (NYSMEA)
Tara G. Treiber, Heal the Bay
Last Updated

January 22, 2024

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