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Marine Aquaculture: Raising Salt Water Fish in Your Classroom
A 101-page teacher guide to creating and maintaining a saltwater aquaculture tank in your classroom or school. The guide breaks down the process into separate classroom activities including step by step directions on constructing a table-size recirculating system. Also available is a student workbook.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school

Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association
The Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) is a non-profit organization established in 1997 to promote the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries through oyster cultivation and by other means, and as a way of enjoying Virginia oysters. Being filter feeders, oysters remove bacteria and sediments, making the local environment cleaner habitats for marine life, and the improved water quality encourages seagrass growth, which creates better habits for fish. Our main goal is to educate interested citizens of all ages in oyster aquaculture methods.
Grade Level: General public

ALEARN Education
Focusing mainly on school aquaculture, aquaponics, and aquatic science programs, this education website is a great resource for teachers who want to raise fish in their classrooms or schools and build learning experiences around it. Follow the Lesson Plans link for many lessons, modules, activities, and how-to guides on setting up recirculating aquaculture systems in the classroom.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional

Marine Fisheries Series Activity Guide
Peer-reviewed activities for grades 6-12 as well as non-traditional educational venues are available. Each activity has been correlated to National Science and Social Studies Educational Standards. Activities cover topics including sustainable fishing methods, bycatch, fishing technologies, aquaculture practices, and costs and benefits related to fisheries and aquaculture production. Activities link well with Habitat Media's documentaries Empty Oceans, Empty Nets and Farming the Seas but can be used as stand-alones also.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Coastal Ocean Topics
COI strives to translate the results of basic coastal research for citizens and policymakers, while providing a solid information base for better resource management. This site provides information on a multitude of coastal issues including natural hazards, such as tsunamis and hurricanes, moving shorelines, coastal pollution, fisheries and coastal resources, waves, tides, currents, groundwater. Most topics feature more specific sub-topics which include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution literature concerning the issue.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Billion Oyster Project
BOP is an ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor and engaging hundreds of thousands of school children through restoration based STEM education programs. Students at New York Harbor School have been growing and restoring oysters in New York Harbor for the last six years. Together and with the help of many partners these students have restored over eleven million oysters. Thirty-six public schools have partnered with the project to provide authentic, place-based science and math lessons through the lens of oyster restoration. Each year, thousands of students participate in these learning opportunities.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, General public

Bridge DATA - Oyster Gardens: No Soil Required!
Using data from Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Gardening Program, calculate oyster survivorship rates in Chesapeake Bay rivers.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division


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