Water We – Consume

Overview – The discussion begins with the importance of water in sources of human food. Then focuses on the importance of fish in our diet. Then how we harvest fish.  This includes a discussion of food a trout eats (e.g. macro invertebrates).

 

Water We Eat. Use Project WILD “Water We Eat”.  Students/Kids identify foods derived from aquatic sources and their geographic origins then describe the importance of aquatic environments as food sources. This focuses on recognizing the role of water in the production of foods.

 

Net Gain, Net Effect.  Use Project WILD “Net Gain, Net Gain”. Students/Kids describe the evolution of fishing and the effects of changing technology on fish populations. The annual world fish catch, for example, amounts to about 100 million metric tons and is valued at between $50 billion and $100 billion.  It’s the leading source of animal protein with over 20% of the population in Africa and Asia dependent on fish as their primary source of protein (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, UNFAO 1993).  The future of these fisheries are in question because fish harvests have approached or exceeded sustainable levels virtually everywhere. Nine of the world’s major marine fishing areas are in decline due to overfishing, pollution, and habitat destruction. (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, UNFAO 1993; Kaufman)

Activities:

1.  Newspaper and magazine collage of what we eat that comes from lakes, streams, the ocean.
2.  Computer research on different fishing methods and farming fish.

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