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TERC, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC)


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Activity - Classroom
  • Articles and Websites
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Interactive Media
  • Lesson Plans

Regional Focus

Global, North America


PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel

Fisheries Unit Labs

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  • The eight labs in this module on fisheries presents fisheries research and management tools and allows students to become active participants in both learning about and conserving marine ecosystems.
  • They discuss types of fishing, overfishing, ecosystem effects, food waste, global fish populations, aquaculture, pollution from fish farms, and climate connections.
Teaching Tips


  • The lab overviews section identifies all of the materials you'll need to gather and provides a summary of the labs.
  • There are many topics in these labs that will be new for students to learn about.

Additional Prerequisites

  •  Review teacher resources for general background information relevant to each lab and materials that you may need to gather.
  • Most labs require access to the Internet.


  • Science classes can connect one or more of these labs to eutrophication, dead zones, and nutrient cycling.
  • Social studies classes can discuss the ethics of fishing a species to extinction or causing populations to crash and think critically about how humans have been able to affect global populations and global systems in a very short period of time.
  • Have students brainstorm ways to reduce overfishing, pollution from fish farms, and protect marine ecosystems.
Scientist Notes
This resource provides a clear understanding of sustainable fishing practices, marine pollution, and a holistic management of the marine ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. The resource is recommended for teaching
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-3 Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
      • HS-LS2-8 Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce.
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