Science as Inquiry
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Last month, efforts were re-doubled in the Give Swordfish A Break campaign which was launched a year ago by two conservation organizations. Track the progress of the campaign and learn more about the issues. What are the reasons for the decline in the swordfish populations? How are these fish caught? You've looked at the data for pounds of fish caught per year, but what other figure might reveal more about the health of the fishery? (Hint: average size of fish caught.) What specific regulations could be adopted by fishery managers to help the swordfish recover?
At the end of last year, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a draft fishery management plan to address North Atlantic swordfish, Western Atlantic bluefin tuna, and large coastal shark stocks. (Perhaps you'd like to investigate their numbers, too.) These highly migratory species have been identified as overfished, and the draft plan is designed to rebuild the stocks.
Current Data Tip of the Month
Data Tip of the Month Archives
On-Line Data Resources
|The Bridge is supported by the National Sea Grant Office, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and the National Marine Educators Association.|
© Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services