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Almost three-quarters of the earth is covered by oceans and seas. Billions of tons of salt water is home to millions of different creatures. From the tiny plankton to huge whales. From giant squids to little colourful fish. From friendly water creatures to the most poisonous and deadliest ones. The waters provide abundance to sustain the creatures living in it but what happens when something or someone interferes with the natural balance of water life?

When mankind went fishing hundreds of years ago they took what they could use at the time. Now large fishing vessels drag nets behind them and whatever gets caught in them gets dragged up on deck. By the time the fishermen have sorted through the catch most of their catch is dead. Anything they don't want or is not edible gets thrown back into the ocean, dead. You would be horrified at the tremendous unnecessary waste some fishing vessels have.

Laws have been put in place to protect the waters from being over fished but sometimes this does not stop some fishermen from doing the wrong thing.

Fish are beautiful creatures to observe and if you ever get the chance to snorkel or even go diving you will see how much beauty there is below the surface. Corals grow in certain places and these are magnificent, colourful underwater gardens. This project is about fish but you can expand on the topic if you are keen.

Take a close look at the fisheries department and how they operate. Observe and take notes about the environmental impact over-fishing has. What happens when large shipping vessels dump their waste or leak oil in the oceans? The list is endless. If you just want to choose a single fish and write an essay about the fish of your choice that is great too.

Take a look at the story Jessica wrote. She likes the puffer fish and did some research on this neat little creature. She observed the puffer fish in and out of the water and learned much from her experience.


Design a fish poster

Design a poster which encourages thoughtful fishing.
Include points like:

*Don't catch undersize fish, crabs etc.
*Don't catch more than the allowable quota.
*Don't litter beaches or waterways.
*Don't use the ocean to dump your rubbish if you go out on a boat.
*Display pictures of different fish. (hand drawn or from magazines)
*Identify the fish on the poster.

Students project page

(by Ingrid Griggs)

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