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U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
In 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy offered recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy. Commission regional working groups included state governors, scientists and stakeholders. The Commission's final report, "An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century," contains 212 recommendations addressing all aspects of ocean and coastal policy. Report results are presented here.
Grade Level: General public, High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is the policy-making organization for the management of fisheries in the exclusive economic zone around the Territory of American Samoa, Territory of Guam, State of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and US Pacific island possessions an area of nearly 1.5 million square miles. Fishery Management Plans are available for regional pelagic fishes, bottom fish, crustaceans, and coral reef ecosystems.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

National Marine Sanctuary Program
The National Marine Sanctuary Program identifies, designates and manages areas of the marine environment of special national significance due to their conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, research, educational, or aesthetic qualities. Access information and pictures of marine sanctuaries all over the U.S. and its territories. Discover ways to get involved with the sanctuary program, no matter where you live. Scientific publications are available for download.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Graduate or professional

Ocean Planet: Sea Connections
Part of a set of multidisciplinary lesson plans from the Smithsonian, this lesson plan examines the marine environment and how human activities can upset the delicate balance. Includes downloadable student activities, and tips on engaging students. Background material and most of the materials are provided. The "Resources" link provides an abundance of additional information, in the form of links and books, for each lesson.
Grade Level: High school

Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972
The complete legislation regarding United States coastal zone management. Included in the Act is the establishment of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Also includes legislation through the amendment, the Coastal Zone Protection Act of 1996. An excellent resource for those studying legislation terminology and concision.
Grade Level: High school

Magnuson Act
The complete text of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act, which is to provide for the conservation and management of fisheries. Includes all amendments and additions through October of 1996. This Act guides all aspects of commercial and recreational fishing in United States waters. An excellent resource for those studying legislation terminology and concision.
Grade Level: High school

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is responsible for management of fisheries in federal waters which occur predominantly off the mid-Atlantic coast. Fishery management plans are available for summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, dogfish, surf clam and ocean quahog, and many other commercially important species of the region. Additional information on the MAFMC is also available.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

Watershed Game
Interactive game features two skill levels (novice and intermediate) that teach about water quality, watersheds, and management of this important resource. The intermediate level game is broken into four sections: National Parks, agriculture, neighborhood, and city, each with five questions. At the end of the quiz, the best choices for each question are explained.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Gray's Reef Research
Describes research projects conducted at this Sanctuary off Georgia's Sapelo Island. Projects range from geology to trawling impacts on the seafloor, estimating fish populations by video transect, Sanctuary monitoring using data buoys, sidescan sonar and other technologies. Of particular interest: satellite tracking of loggerhead sea turtles using nesting beaches in the Sanctuary. Maps, data, research summaries, field guides to seaweeds, invertebrates, fishes and other resources are available. Appropriate for grades 9 and up.
Grade Level: 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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