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A Study of Australia's Native Fish

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Critical
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority




1. In groups of 4 - 5 students, go to Native Fish Australia's web site and find out about the following fish, stating their scientific name, conservation status, distribution and any other interesting facts.

Native Fish Australia

a. Barramundi
b. Murray Cod
c. Silver Perch
d. Two-spined Blackfish

2. As a class, debate the following issues:

a. T
he pros and cons of introduced species of fish in Australia.

b. What impact do Introduced Species of fish have on the sustainability of our native Australian fishes?

3. Individually, select one native fish and write a story around this fish including one issue about sustainability.

How to Clean a Fish....

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Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Clean a Fish

1. Read through this website.

2. How easy do you think it is to clean a fish?

3. Have a try to clean your fish after you have caught one!

  Did You Know?

Fisher - Salmon
(Source: The Conversation: 7/2/2014)

Nathan Putman from Oregon State University has now shown that salmon do navigate using an inherited magnetic map.

Putman and colleagues also examined magnetic field components (magnetic intensity and the inclination angle) to determine which feature the fish use as a cue and found that neither of the features alone elicited the complete turn-around response, indicating that salmon rely on a combination of the two.

 

 

Yellowfin Tuna - A Problem?

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Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

Australian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Sustainability Priority

1. Research the Australian Government's stance on the fishing of Yellow Fin and the following websites. Take notes as you research so you can recall later where the facts came from.

2. Why is the Australian Government concerned about the amount of fish taken by Japan?

3. Why isn't the Japanese Government concerned?

4. With a partner, prepare a stance - pro or con - to fishing Yellowfin Tuna. Debate this issue in class.

5. As a group of four students, prepare a report on the fishing of Yellowfin Tuna to be used on the TV program BTN. Investigate and report on all the issues of fishing Yellowfin Tuna.

View one dated episode of BTN about Tuna Stocks (27 October 2009) before commencing your BTN program:
BTN tuna stocks

Divide into the following roles to create your BTN program:

* Script Writer
* Reporter
* Presentation creator - video clips, photos
* Director

6. Present to the rest of the class.

 

Resources:

Wikipedia: Yellowfin Tuna


NSW Department of Primary Industries

Yellowfin Tuna

Canned Tuna

Canned Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna
(Source: Wikipedia)

The Conversation 21 August 2015

The Conversation
ABC News

ABC News
The Conversation 8 December 2017

The Conversation
 

 

 

Websites, Games & Apps

My Place: Fishing

This site explores the Story of the Brewarrina Fish Traps

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle

Indigenous Cross Curriculum PrioritiesAustralian Curriculum: Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

My Place

Get Hooked - It's fun to fish (NSW)

PrimaryPrimary

Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Get Hooked - it's fun to fish
Coastal Climate Blueprint

High SchoolSecondary

Personal and social capability
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Coastal Climate Blueprint
 

WebQuests

Overfishing and the Seafood Dilemma

High SchoolSecondary

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Overfishing WQ

 

 

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