Essentials of Oceanography

Empty Oceans Empty Nets; Activity 2


The Ocean is vast, but its resources are finite

Empty Oceans Empty Nets

Hundreds of large fish laid out on the floor with men walking around with clipboards.
This photo shows the situation every morning, 365 days a year, in one of several fishmarkets in Tokyo
Source: Prof. D. Saffer, 2008

Visit WPSU's Marine Fisheries & Aquaculture Series and read about the problems with overfishing. This PBS documentary is a must see. You may be able to get it from your local library. If not you could buy it (it's a great thing to show to your classes). I've also collected a few youtube links with interesting shorts on related topics.


Click on the links below. I have provided some guidance about what to focus on, but these are excellent resources, so you are encouraged to read beyond my suggestions.

Activity 2: Empty Oceans

  • Create a 400-500 word "script" for a compelling commercial that discusses the issues of overfishing.  Think Political Ad (or don't...).  Feel free to set the scene for us and then provide some dialog.  Compel us to act!  Post your script in the Canvas discussion. Emphasize one or more of the following: data documenting the problems, local vs. national and international solutions, creative solutions.
  • Respond to several of the scripts written by other students

Grading criteria

See the grading rubric for specifics on how this assignment will be graded.

Almost there!

  • Just the capstone left!  
  • Give yourself a huge pat on the back for a job well done!
  • If you haven't already done so, please provide feedback on the course using the University’s online Student Educational Experience Questionnaire (SEEQ) system, which you can find in Canvas.