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The Baiting Game

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MAIN TOPIC OF VIDEO:  Making better choices in what fish we eatEpisode16 copy

Discussion Questions

Frame:

  1. What types of seafood do you and your family eat now?
  2. Do you know where that seafood comes from? Why would that matter?
  3. Do you know that some seafood is “sustainable” and some is not? Why do you think that matters?
  4. This film is called “The Baiting Game.” Predict what you think you will learn from watching it.

Focus:

  1. What’s wrong with Fish #1?
  2. What’s wrong with Fish #2?
  3. What’s wrong with Fish #3?
  4. What does Shiela decide to do, and why?
  5. How many names of fish can you “catch”?

 Follow-Up:

  1. What changes could you make in choosing the seafood you eat?
  2. Where could you get information to help you make good choices?
  3. What are the problems facing the fishing industry? Where can you find out?

 ANSWERS TO DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Frame:

  1. What types of seafood do you and your family eat now?
    1. Make a list from what the students mention
    2. You can also get a menu from a popular local sea food restaurant as a basis for discussion
    3. If students don’t eat much seafood, find out why. Generally seafood is an expensive food choice because of limited supplies and the
  2. Do you know where that seafood comes from? Why would that matter?
    1. A list of your local sustainable seafood choices is available from http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx
    2. Students may also eat frozen fish which could come from anywhere in the world. In addition to sustainability issues, add in the storage and transport costs. Also, it’s important to know if imported fish follows health and safety rules.
  3. Do you know that some seafood is “sustainable” and some is not? Why do you think that matters?
    1. “Sustainable” means that enough fish is left in the ocean or on a fish farm to continue the species
    2. It is important to make sure that what you eat is sustainable so that the ecosystem stays in balance. Biodiversity is important to our world.
      Seafood Watch for Consumers
  4. This film is called “The Baiting Game.” Predict what you think you will learn from watching.
    1. There was an old TV show called “The Dating Game” in which a single young man or woman who interview a panel of three to decide who he or she wanted to go out on a date with.
    2. “Baiting” means trying to catch fish with some bait
    3. You could guess that you’re going to be watching a video about making good choices for yourself about what fish you should eat 

ANSWERS TO FOCUS QUESTIONS

1) What’s wrong with Fish #1?

  • Shiela’s question: Have you been caught or farmed in an environmentally friendly way?
  • He answers: Yeah, there’s nothing crappy about me! This is one fish that has never been batter!

But:

  • He was caught in a net, and there’s even a mouse trap on his head!
  • His eye shows that he was beaten up, so he was not caught in a safe way.

Watch the video from Make Better Seafood Choices – Seafood Watch to educate yourself about sustainable choices.

The scientists from Sea Food Watch and other environmentalists report that raising fish in an underwater farm can be a good solution to providing sustainable sea food. But there can be unsafe and unhealthy farming conditions, so it’s important to know where you fish came from.

Bottom trawling by dragging nets can cause environmental damage as well as catching by-catch (unwanted sea creatures).
How Seafood is Caught: Bottom Trawling

2) What’s wrong with Fish #2?

Fish #2 is absolutely glowing with mercury! Mercury in fish can be dangerous to your health, and especially to young children and pregnant women. Fish should have low levels of mercury (below 216 parts per billion [ppb]).

Mercury is a toxic metal that poses a serious health risk to developing fetuses, babies and children, who can suffer brain damage and learning disabilities from prolonged or repeated exposure to even small amounts of mercury. Although the metal occurs naturally in the environment, mercury levels in our air, land and water have increased dramatically since the rise of industrialization in the late 19th century.
http://seafood.edf.org/mercury-seafood

Depending on where you live, there may be unsafe deposits of mercury nearby.

3) What’s wrong with Fish #3?

Fish #3 is a dog, so he has to wear a sign that says “I am a tuna.” Unfortunately many fish that are sold as “tuna” are a different type of fish. Notice that he makes a pun –“dolphinately” or definitely.

In many places tuna and dolphin swim together, so when tuna are caught in nets, so are the dolphins. Most dolphins become “by-catch,” sea life caught unintentionally. Most dolphins are released alive back into the ocean, but unfortunately, still too many dolphins have been killed.
The Tuna-Dolphin Issue

4) What does Shiela decide to do, and why?

She decides to get more information because these three fish would be bad choices. She decides to ask a reputable (honest, with a good reputation) fish seller or to read the Sea Food Watch pamphlet (which are available online, or can be ordered).
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5) For fun: what types of fish are mentioned in the video (careful—some are used as puns!)?

Periwinkle, cod, koi, mackerel, squid, tuna…

Can you make up any more fish puns?

ANSWERS TO FOLLOW-UP

1) What changes could you make in choosing the seafood you eat?

  • Become more like Shiela. It’s important to ask the fish seller or restaurant where and how the fish was caught. When fish sellers and restaurants understand that the public cares about sustainability and the health of the oceans, they will make sure to make good decisions on what they sell.

2) Where could you get information to help you make good choices?

  • Ask about the fish before you buy it at the store or at a restaurant
  • Keep a copy of the pamphlet with you before you go to buy fish!
  • Choose the Sea Food Watch for your area to find how to make good local choices.  Seafood Watch Recommendations

3) What are the problems facing the fishing industry? Where can you find out?

  • There are many problems related to the world’s consumption of seafood. But it’s easy to educate yourself to make wise choices for your own health and the health
  • Problems include overfishing, catching by-catch (unwanted sea life), habitat damager, and contamination from large concentrations of fish in farms, pollutants, and toxins.
  • Watch the videos and educate yourself.
    Seafood Watch Training Video

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND RESOURCES

ADDITIONAL PROJECT IDEAS

  • Research ways that fish are caught and compare relative safety for sea life and humans. Write a position paper or persuasive essay based on their findings.
  • Prepare for and then debate each other over the need for more – or less- governmental regulations over the fishing industry.
  • Research your local area for ground water, lake, and/or ocean contamination. What are the contaminants and where did they come from? How is safety assured?

Mathematics:

  • Research how concentrations of contaminants build up in food we eat, up the food chain.
  • Research and graph the numbers of by-catch over time, including dolphins and sea turtles

Credit: This teacher resource has been adapted from content originally developed by Elizabeth Brooking