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SAVE Project

Age 10, group

Three 45-minute periods, indoors or outdoors

Objective

Apply environmental principles to the sea.

Materials

  • SAVE (Sea: A Vital Environment) project form,
  • SAVE strategies
  • pencils

Get Set

  • Duplicate and distribute the SAVE strategies and SAVE project form.
  • Form small groups.

Go catch

  • Review SAVE strategies.
  • Discuss the four major strategies for maintaining and saving an environment ­ precycle, recycle, reuse and reduce.
  • Brainstorm how to help protect and SAVE our sea environment.
  • Write an idea for each strategy.
  • Develop a community outreach SAVE project from the ideas.
  • (Projects could include a take-home tip sheet or community bulletin board flyer on saving the sea, letters to the editor, a 30-second public service announcement to a local radio station, a poster, and/or a presentation or skit to a group of younger children.
  • View "Protecting the Ocean" video.

Sailing

  • Complete as many SAVE ideas as possible.
  • Publicize the SAVE projects on menus or in the school cafeteria.
  • Feature a Healthy Sea topic on the menu.

SAVE Strategies

Everyone can help!

Keep the ocean, rivers and land, including beaches, as close to natural as possible.

Keep water clean and free from toxins and chemicals. Don't put chemicals down household drains and into sewer systems. The drain water will eventually make its way back to rivers and then the ocean.

Keep the beaches and ocean free from plastics, cans, tires, paper, styrofoam and other manmade materials.

Keep paint, oil or other chemical pollutants away from streams, rivers, bays and oceans.

Keep the water and beaches clean. Put garbage in waste containers. Fisher folk help keep the ocean clean by properly disposing of garbage and refuse that they find when they are fishing.

The ocean is protected

Regulations on fishing gear such as minimum net mesh sizes and number of lines used for fishing protect against overharvesting of fish and shellfish.

Seasons and closed areas limit fishing times and areas where fish can be caught. These limitations protect spawning populations and nursery grounds.

Quotas limit the number of some marine species, such as Dover sole, that can be caught.

Regulations place minimum size limits on many species. This allows the species to mature and reproduce before harvesting. For example, fisher folk have escape holes on traps and pots so small crabs and lobsters can escape. Nets must have a mesh large enough to let small and juvenile fish escape.

Limited entry and licenses control the number of fisher folk allowed to harvest certain species such as salmon and sea urchins. Fisher folk can only enter a limited-entry fishery through a lottery or by buying someone else's permit.

These and other regulations are designed to protect a balance of sea life for the future.


Save Project Form

NAME OF SAVE PROJECT

NAME OF GROUP

SEA ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE

SAVE IDEA

SAVE STRATEGIES

Precycle

Recycle

Reuse

Reduce

RESULTS

California Seafood Council, PO Box 91540,		Santa Barbara, CA 93190 +1-805-569-8050