Carolina Coastal Science - In the Shell Island Dilemma activity students investigate the issues concerning the fate of the Shell Island Resort (being threatened by coastal erosion) and then debate the future of this and other oceanfront structures.

Ocean Planet: Sea Connections - Part of a set of multidisciplinary lesson plans from the Smithsonian, this lesson plan examines the marine environment and how human activities can upset the delicate balance. Includes downloadable student activities. Grades 3-8.

Marine Fisheries Series Activity Guide - Peer-reviewed activities for grades 6-12 as well as non-traditional educational venues are available. Each activity has been correlated to National Science and Social Studies Educational Standards. Activities cover topics including sustainable fishing methods, bycatch, fishing technologies, aquaculture practices, and costs and benefits related to fisheries and aquaculture production. Activities link well with Habitat Media's documentaries Empty Oceans, Empty Nets and Farming the Seas but can be used as stand-alones also.

The Water Shed Game - Interactive game that teaches about water quality, watersheds, and management of this important resource. Grades 3 and up.

I'll Trade You a Bag of Chips, Two Cookies, and $60,000 for Your Tuna Fish Sandwich - Learn about the tuna fishery and the concept of supply and demand with this resource. Provides background information and two online graphing exercises, plus discussion questions. Grades 10-12.

Sushi Bar - An innovative website where users order from a realistic sushi bar and menu, and based on their choice, a distribution map of the species plus current status info pops up. The site also contains lesson plans on natural resources and resource management. Grades K-12.

Pew Oceans Commission-The Pew Oceans Commission is an independent group of American leaders conducting a national dialogue on the policies needed to restore and protect living marine resources in U.S. waters.

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy-This U.S. commission reviews and makes recommendations for a national ocean policy. You can read the results of their report here.

Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972

Tortugas 2000 - Follow along with the process of trying to make the Tortugas, a relatively pristine and unique coral reef ecosystem, an ecological reserve.

The Magnuson Act - This site details this fisheries management policy.

National Estuarine Research Reserve System - Through linked programs of stewardship, education and research, the NERRS enhances informed management and scientific understanding of the Nation's estuarine and coastal habitats.

National Marine Sanctuary Program - Identifies, designates and manages areas of the marine environment of special national significance due to their conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, research, educational, or aesthetic qualities.

Elasmobranch Fisheries Management Techniques - "If you have an advanced high school class doing research projects on elasmobranchs, this is the site for you! You wouldn't want your students to believe that they have the most up to date information on the fishery unless they had visited this site and checked out the wealth of information here." Ly, Teacher Grades 9-12

Gray's Reef Research - Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary's marine resource management projects, such as the loggerhead sea turtle satellite tagging project.


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