Dangerous Catch (Pd 4:) Group 4: What Can We Do?
“Our massive demands on the ocean’s bounty impacts life far beyond the shoreline: bushmeat hunting is on the rise in Ghana while in Namibia; fishing grounds struggle to recover as putrid fumes explode from the ocean depths and poison the waters; and radical new fish farms are sprouting up from Puerto Rico to Canada. Across the globe, all life is feeling the effects of overfishing. Can we protect fish in time to safeguard the ocean, life on land and ultimately ourselves? Find out how we all can make a difference.”


· Spend some time exploring the following website.
http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/episodes/dangerouscatch/do/index.html
· Explain how the six ideas given can make a positive impact on our world.

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1. Make Wise Choices at the Market:

Overfishing has been recently related to Global Warming all over the world. Decreasing numbers in fish have resulted in a higher number of dying plankton. When the plankton die, they decay. The decay creates hydrogen sulfite, which further suffocates fish. Hydrogen sulfite is extremely lethal. High amounts can be dangerous to humans, plants, and animals. Everything is connected. When you go to the fish market, choose respectable brands that are managed well. This means that the company doesn't overfish and uses lower amounts of energy while making the product. Associations such as the Marine Stewardship Council provide seals to show which companies have been managed responsibly.
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2. Reduce your fish consumption by going without for a change.


The world is an ecosystem. Everything comes back to the ocean one way or another. By taking a break from consuming fish, you can help protect our precious ecosystem. Also, you can help protect yourself. Predator fish can contain high amounts of mercury. If you eat a fish containing mercury, you are at risk for diseases effecting major systems of the body. Take a break for eating fish to help the environment AND yourself!



3. Consider ways of reducing your carbon emissions.
Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels like coal. These emissions are hazardous to the environment because they heat up the atmosphere, changing temperatures around the world. Making simple changes to the way you live can change the world. Easy changes like replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones, unplugging electronics when they are not being used, and keeping your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the Summer can decrease the amount of carbon emissions. Effortless changes can benefit the community.

4. Knowledge is power. Stay informed and learn more.
Pay attention to the news and recent discoveries about the global fisheries. Knowledge truly is power. The more you know, the more you can help the Earth! To stay informed about the new information found, you can visit The World Ocean Observatory.

5. Let your voice be heard.
Research about what your state government is doing to help. If what they are doing doesn't please you, you can contact them at www.congress.org.

6. Join the Growing Community movement to Become Part of the Solution.
youn could help cleanse the local areas by joining groups that clean beaches, restore wetlands, and clean water drains. Look at Strange Days Causes for more ideas to help world climate change and your community.

You summarized the six ideas given in the website, but I can’t see where you did any more research into the links within the website. There is not much depth or thought given to the ideas you presented.
65/75 points