Topic 2: Ecology

Designed for Levels 3-5, in Topic 2 we explore some basic ecology useful in developing our understanding of sustainable fishing.

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2.1 Fishy connections

Activities develop understanding of our connection with fish.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration: < 50 minutes 

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Fish, whakapapa

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (this topic): What is a fish (2.2), Body shape of fishes (2.3)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 8 – Ko āu te moana (8.1)
Close up of teenage girl's face looking at fish in aquarium

2.2 What is a fish?

Activities develop our knowledge of fish, their features and characteristics.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration:  50 minutes + field trip

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Fish, vertebrate, gills, bony fish, cartilaginous fish

📌  Location: Indoors and outdoors

  Next steps (this topic): Body shape of fishes (2.3)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 3 – Sustainable fishing & sustainable catch (3.1), Topic 5 – Well managed fisheries (5.1)

Illustration of Katsuwonus Pelamis - skipjack tuna

2.3 Body shapes of fishes

Activities deepen our understanding of adaptation and the way fish have adapted their shape and features to suit their particular habitat or environment. 

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration:  45+ minutes

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Adaptation, pelagic, evolutionary, camouflage

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (this topic): Marine habitat (2.4), Marine food webs (2.5), Sustainable fishing: orange roughy (2.6), Reviewing key concepts (2.7)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 4 – 4.1 Fishing methods

Kelp forest underwater with fish

2.4 Marine habitat

Develop understanding of different habitats and how overfishing can impact marine habitats.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration: 45+ minutes 

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Habitat, invertebrate, vertebrate, pelagic, adaptation  

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (this topic): Marine food webs (2.5), Sustainable fishing: orange roughy (2.6) Reviewing key concepts (2.7)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 4 – Fishing methods (4.1), Environmental impacts of fishing (4.2), Topic 9 – Marine protected areas (9.4)

Marine food web

2.5 Marine food webs

Deepen our understanding of food chains and food webs, and the interdependence of species through food web relationships.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration: 45+ minutes 

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Community, predator, food chain, prey, habitat, food web

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (this topic): Sustainable fishing: orange roughy (2.6) Reviewing key concepts (2.7)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 9 – Bycatch (9.2)

A small group of orange roughy fish.

2.6 Sustainable fishing: orange roughy

Explore the history of orange roughy fishing and the biological features of this fish that contributed to the orange roughy fishery collapse.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration: 45+ minutes 

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Overfishing, sustainable fishing

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (this topic): Reviewing key concepts (2.7)

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 3 – Sustainable fishing & sustainable catch (3.1), Topic 5 – Well-managed fisheries (5.1), Topic 9 – Orange roughy (9.3)

Girl-at-Aquarium-Centre

2.7 Reviewing key concepts

Activities reinforce and review what we have learned in this topic.

🎚  Level: 3-5

⌚ Duration:  45+ minutes

✍ Curriculum areas: Science, Pūtaiao

🔤 Keywords: Food web, adaptations, habitat, overfishing, sustainable fishing

📌  Location: Indoors

  Next steps (other topics): Topic 3 – Sustainable fishing & sustainable catch (3.1)

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