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National Marine Fisheries Service
NMFS is the federal agency responsible for the stewardship of the nation's living marine resources and their habitat. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States' Exclusive Economic Zone (water three to 200 mile offshore). Site includes information on the organization of NMFS and features information on many marine science topics, including aquaculture, bycatch, legislation, permits, strandings, and grants.
Grade Level: High school

Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Located in Miami (headquarters), Panama City, and St. Petersburg, Florida, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Galveston, Texas, and Beaufort, North Carolina, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center conducts multi-disciplinary research programs to provide management information to support national and regional programs of NMFS; and to respond to the needs of fishery councils, commissions, foundations, and other groups. Site provides information on each lab, research programs, protected species, health issues, and publications.
Grade Level: High school

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
The Commission focuses on responsible stewardship of marine fisheries resources. It serves as a forum for the states to collectively address fisheries issues under the premise that as a group, using a cooperative approach, they can achieve more than they could as individuals. The Commission does not promote a particular state or a particular stakeholder sector.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

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

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the PSMFC is one of three interstate commissions dedicated to resolving fishery issues. Representing California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska it serves as a forum for discussion, works for coast wide consensus to state and federal authorities. Site provides information on grant opportunities, upcoming events, publications, and links to data sets and other fisheries-related resources.
Grade Level: High school, General public

Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Located in La Jolla (headquarters), Pacific Grove, and Santa Cruz, California, the Center's scientists gather and analyze data on living marine resources and their environment throughout the Pacific and in the Antarctic, with the ultimate goal of protecting and managing the resources. Site includes information on current research, research vessels, publications, and all the latest news and releases.
Grade Level: High school

Sushi Bar: You, Me, Sushi
An innovative website where customers order from a realistic sushi bar menu to learn about international fisheries resources and impacts. Select shrimp, tuna, squid, octopus, or sea urchin to learn where resources are harvested, current fisheries methods, population status and concerns. This on-line activity also demonstrates how global our use of resources has become, with a single country dependent on seafood imports from around the world. The site also contains lesson plans on natural resources and resource management. Appropriate for grades 6 and up.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

FishWatch - U.S. Seafood Facts
FishWatch can help you make informed decisions about the seafood you eat by providing you with the most accurate and timely information available on the sustainability of U.S. seafood fisheries. It provides consumers with relevant, factual data to assist in decisions about sustainable seafood. These data are taken from a variety of NOAA sources, including stock assessments, fisheries surveys, fisheries management plans and amendments, environmental analyses, and cooperative research.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Graduate or professional

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Seafood Watch Program-Issues
This site provides background and examples regarding the current fisheries concerns: bycatch issues; consequences of overfishing; habitat damage from fishing operations, and the down-side of aquaculture. By raising awareness about the impacts of fisheries and fishery practices, Monterey Bay Aquarium offers consumers a way to choose seafood products from more sustainable fisheries. Appropriate for grades 6 and up.
Grade Level: General public, Middle school, High school

I'll Trade You a Bag of Chips, Two Cookies, and $60,000 for Your Tuna Fish Sandwich
Introduces concept of supply and demand for fishery resources, using tuna as an example. Provides background information and creates scenarios for student participation, role playing first as a consumer purchasing increasingly expensive fish, then as a fisherman trying to catch and sell fish. Through two online graphing exercises, students see how demand, supply and price are linked. Discussion questions tackle impacts of declining fisheries on the equation. Assessment and extension activities are offered.
Grade Level: High school


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