Track Me on Land or Sea
Age 10, small groups
90 minutes, indoors or outdoors
Summarize the seafood industry's impact on California's economy, coastal communities, food supply and livelihoods by investigating the state's past and present seafood industry.
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Do other states or countries harvest this species? Yes _____ No _____
If yes, what states or countries?
What California coastal ports land this species?
When is this species in season?
How is this species sold? Fresh _____ Frozen _____ Canned _____
For every dollar earned by commercial fisher folk, the value is multiplied more than four times through fish processing, handling, selling and industries that provide equipment. If fisher folk no longer had this species to catch, how would it affect the community and the state? (In addition to direct impacts to fisher folk and fish processing plants, think about jobs in restaurants, boat and gear manufacturers, transportation, and supporting industries such as paper companies that supply materials for packing.)
What jobs and health benefits are provided by seafood?