This week, to celebrate our Fish Fanatics theme, we learned about fishing practices in order to highlight the importance that fish and fishing plays in the Boston Harbor ecosystem and local economy.  I altered an activity about declining shark populations to teach about how the fishing practices of hook and line, gillnets, long lines, and trawls. 

The lesson above demonstrates, in an active and fun way, how four of the most common fishing practices work.  Click here to learn more about fishing practices and about the fish on your plate.

Our fishing game this week has everyone ready for SHARK SUPPORTERS week next week!

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To continue this week’s seabird theme, I facilitated two different activities with the youth program students focusing on migration and feathers.

The first activity, involving feathers and what happens to a bird’s feathers in an oil spill, can be found here.

Keys to this activity are to allow students time to observe their feather, think about the behavior of seabirds, and ponder how an oil spill might affect a seabird.  Though this activity requires materials such as vegetable oil, dish soap, and feathers it clearly demonstrates how feathers function and are negatively affected by oil.  Additionally, because the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred only three years ago, many students still remember and can relate to this tragedy.

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