Science - Earth Science
Standard 4 Objective 3
1 class periods of 60 minutes each
Students model an ocean ecosystem and see how humans affect the number of fish over a period of years. Students must work as a class to find an equitable solution for all the countries represented.
In the old English system, a commons was a central area where everyone in a village could graze their livestock. The sea is a commons, also. Countries with a seacoast can claim a 200 mile section of the sea as their jurisdiction but laws vary from country to country what can be done in this area. Some countries like Japan and the USA (in Alaska) overlap on their territory and occasionally "fish wars" have started over competition for fish. Fishing has had to be drastically reduced in the some parts of the world. An excellent article to support this activity is "Twilight of the Cod" in National Geographic.
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.