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A Big-Picture Approach to Fisheries Management

U.S. fishery managers often focus on one species at a time when determining how, when, and where fishing takes place. But each fish population is part of an interconnected ecosystem in which they interact with other fish, ocean wildlife, and habitats. Fish are also directly affected by changing environments and human activities. Threats such as ocean acidification, warming waters, overfishing, and habitat destruction can damage ecosystems and cause ripple effects, such as the decline of important fish populations. Read More

ECO MEDIA: Fish and People

Pre-colonial Pacific Island societies by and large existed at human population densities that were far below the carrying capacity of their coastal fisheries and pressure from commercial fishing was non-existent. As a consequence island communities did not ‘encounter the limits’ of their coastal subsistence fisheries. People went about their daily lives harvesting from the sea and blissfully unaware that fish and marine invertebrate populations could be overfished to the point of collapse. Now that human populations are growing almost exponentially and export markets for some fisheries are intensifying, there is an urgent need for the effective communication of a scientific understanding of the limits to fisheries and the life cycles of marine organisms overall. Fish and People is a 50 minute production divided into 5 educational modules explaining the ‘stock-recruitment relationship’ in an easily accessible manner and with a cleverly crafted portfolio of explanatory graphics and natural history vision. It deals with species that are of economic and ecological importance and thus immediately familiar to a Pacific (and broader) audience. The modules are tailored for middle and upper high school students and wider communities and are accompanied by a comprehensive teacher’s guide. By empowering a critical mass of young adults with a clear understanding of how overfishing destroys fisheries and food security, they will potentially innovate their own, ‘bottom-up’ fisheries management strategies as they assume positions of influence within the community, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the need for compliance with ‘top-down’ management approaches such as size limits, gear restrictions, trade agreements and quotas. Fish and People has been scripted by marine biologists Simon Foale and Russell Kelley, and produced by The Eco Media Production Group. Read More

Microeconomics and the Environment

This module places the standard economic analysis of externalities and public goods in the context of the two paradigms of economics and ecology. It presents elements of economic analysis of the global climate change issues, sustainable fisheries management, and some concepts of industrial ecology. The student reading consists of 58 pages which includes discussion questions, glossary, references, and problems. Exercise answers are available to instructors. Read More

Fishbanks: A Renewable Resource Management Simulation

Fishbanks is a multiplayer web-based simulation in which participants play the role of fishers and seek to maximize their net worth as they compete against other players and deal with variations in fish stocks and their catch. Participants buy, sell, and build ships; decide where to fish; and negotiate with one another. Policy options available to instructors include auctions of new boats, permits, and quotas. The simulation is courtesy of MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources LearningEdge. Read More

Great Lakes Fishery Commission: Fisheries Management

This Great Lakes Fishery Commission site includes information on: the coordinated management of Great Lakes fisheries, fish harvest, habitat, exotic species, databases, and aquaculture. There are additional links to sea lamprey control, lake committees, research, publications & links, and image galleries. Read More

A Gallery of Great Lakes Fish Species

Site is sponsored by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and includes A Gallery of Great Lakes Fish Species with additional information on sea lamprey control, fisheries management, lake committees, research, publications and links. Direct links to the Interactive Fish Tank (with sound) and the Sea Lamprey Fish Tank are found on this site. Read More

IowaDNR Fish and Fishing: Fishes of Iowa

Fish Identification for game and non-game fishes of Iowa. Taxonomic and distribution information. Excellent color plates. Read More

AquaNIC

Gateway to the world’s electronic aquaculture resources. Read More

Marine Stewardship Council

This organization is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes responsible fishing practices worldwide. Read More

Food and Agriculture Organization

A division of the United Nations that addresses issues related to global agriculture, forestry, food supply, and fisheries. Read More

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