EarthLabs > Fisheries > Lab 2: Are You Going to Eat That?

Are You Going to Eat That?


Yukon king salmon. Image courtesy of Marine Stewardship Council.

As you learned in the previous investigation, overfishing has played a major role in the decline in the total number and diversity of fish in the sea over the last 50 years. According to The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2006, more than half of the world's fisheries are fully exploited; another 25% are overexploited, depleted, or recovering from depletion; and populations of several important commercial fish have declined to the point where their species' survival is threatened. If seafood is a regular part of your diet, you may have eaten fish from one of these endangered populations without even knowing it.

It is important to keep in mind that choices we make as consumers drive the seafood market. Choosing not to patronize establishments that sell seafood obtained through wasteful and destructive fishing practices, and instead opting for seafood from sustainable fisheries, can have a significant impact on the way fish is caught and sold. In this investigation, you will explore what it means for seafood to be sustainable and how your community can actively participate in the effort to preserve sustainability of seafood stocks.

After completing this investigation, you should be able to:

Keeping Track of What You Learn

Throughout these labs, you will find two kinds of questions. Your teacher will let you know which answers you should record and turn in.

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