The Ocean is vast, but its resources are finite
Empty Oceans Empty Nets
This photo shows the situation every morning, 365 days a year, in one of several fishmarkets in Tokyo
Source: Prof. D. Saffer, 2008
Visit WPSU's Marine Fisheries & Aquaculture Series(link is external) and read about the problems with overfishing. This PBS documentary is a must see. You may be able to get it from your local library. If not you could buy it (it's a great thing to show to your classes). I've also collected a few youtube links with interesting shorts on related topics.
Click on the links below. I have provided some guidance about what to focus on, but these are excellent resources, so you are encouraged to read beyond my suggestions.
- Oceans of Nothing A study says overfishing will soon destroy the seafood supply. Read this first and then look at the slides by Boris Worm (next link below)
- How loss of ocean species threatens human well-being What happened to all the big fish? Slides by Boris Worm
- Empty nets and empty stomachs(link is external) Clips from a television documentary about local problems with global fleets
- Humorous commercial about a big problem involving small fish (link is external)You should also check out OceanLegacy.org
- Investing in our future (link is external)Check out this web site for recent information on government involvement in the problem of overfishing
- Greenpeace, Overfishing (link is external)Many marine ecologists think that the biggest single threat to marine ecosystems today is overfishing
Activity 2: Empty Oceans
- Create a 400-500 word "script" for a compelling commercial that discusses the issues of overfishing. Think Political Ad (or don't...). Feel free to set the scene for us and then provide some dialog. Compel us to act! Post your script in the Canvas discussion. Emphasize one or more of the following: data documenting the problems, local vs. national and international solutions, creative solutions.
- Respond to several of the scripts written by other students
See the grading rubric for specifics on how this assignment will be graded.
- Just the capstone left!
- Give yourself a huge pat on the back for a job well done!
- If you haven't already done so, please provide feedback on the course using the University’s online Student Rating of Teaching Effectiveness (SRTE) system, which you can find in Canvas.