EarthEcho Expedition:What’s the Catch?
Overfishing and poor fisheries management is a global issue impacting more than 3 billion people worldwide who depend on seafood as their primary source of protein. Populations from the Pacific Island to the United Kingdom are addressing this complex problem that is heavily influenced by ecology, economics, and anthropology. EarthEcho International will travel to the Plymouth, to explore fisheries that were thought to be beyond recovery but has rebounded in recent years thanks to new technology guiding resource managers.
EarthEcho Expeditions: What’s the Catch? will take to the seas exploring the technological advances and policy solutions that have allowed the initial recovery of fisheries working with fisheries biologists, ecologists, fishermen, policy-makers, and young people who are taking the lead in making sure that the UK’s beloved fish & chips are sustainable. Philippe Cousteau and the EarthEcho International team will set out to explore the history of fisheries and discover what solutions are on the horizon. The Expedition will take place August 27-31st, 2019.
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It takes more than knowledge of environmental issues to equip young people with civic skills to solve the complex problems facing our planet. Through service learning, youth identify community needs, develop plans and partnerships and are inspired and motivated to take action. The Five Stages of Service Learning—investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration—provide a reliable process. By understanding how each stage works, youth become effective community changemakers.
Stage 1 - Investigate
First, investigate the resources that youth bring to the table—interests, skills, and talents. Then investigate community needs that impact the local and global environment.
Stage 2 - Prepare
To become true stakeholders young people must engage the greater community. They must communicate with experts and other stakeholders to understand social implications, political action, and scientific research related to environmental issues. See Service Learning Proposal, Sample Press Release, Who Is Helping?, and Community Contact Information resources.
Day 1 Plymouth, EnglandThe EU and specifically the UK are currently taking steps to improve their fisheries management. The UK is also moving towards sustainable solutions, such as remote monitoring systems to manage bycatch, scientific based catch limits, and an overall ecosystem approach - less influenced by economics - to marine fisheries management.3 Computer-generated ecological modeling has provided powerful insight into integrated fisheries management. EarthEcho Expedition Fellows will be exploring this technology and many other innovative solutions to inspire classroom design challenges and new STEM lesson plans around sustainable seafood. Part of fisheries management is also the policies that surround not only the fishing industry as a whole but also specific species management. Fellows will also examine how science is translated into policy to help build a sustainable future for our ocean.
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