Putting It All Together Crossword

Age 11, group or independent

45 minutes, indoors or outdoors


Summarize the California Golden Seas - a source of life, food and livelihood - by completing a crossword puzzle.


Crossword puzzle and answer sheet, pencils OR

transparency, marker and overhead projector

Get Set

Duplicate and distribute crossword puzzle OR

duplicate crosword puzzle onto an overhead transparency for a group activity.

Go catch

  • Complete the puzzle independently or as a group.
  • Review the answers.


Seafood sampling puzzle

  • Choose five different species of seafood to sample as a group.
  • Prepare the seafood either sautéed or broiled in bite-sized pieces. A seafood kabob is an excellent recipe to use for this activity.
  • On a sheet of paper ask everyone to put, "What piece am I" on the top of the sheet and write 1 through 5 in a column.
  • Write in a random order the seafood items to be sampled.
  • As each species is sampled, ask everyone in the group to write down the type of seafood they think it is and how they liked it. Faces could describe their evaluations: a happy face for something they really like, a straight face for an item that they would try again, and an unhappy face for an item that they did not care for, perhaps because it needed a different type of preparation or seasoning.
  • Have individuals share the results with their families.
  • Develop a "catch of the week" to include in dinner menus at home.

Crossword Clues


1. Another word for ocean.

2. A man-made barrier to hold water that affects the river habitat of salmon. Beavers build these too.

3. Divers catch these spiny marine animals near rocks.

4. One of the four methods of helping the environment: Recycle, Precycle, Reduce and Re_ _ _.

5. A warm current that fishermen and women refer to as El _ _ _ _. It affects marine life habitat and fishing areas.

6. The relationship between plants and animals and their environment.

7. A plant that is an important food source in the food chain (web).

8. The ocean that produces California seafood.

9. These marine animals have many legs.

10. A weight measurement that fisher folk use. It equals 2,000 pounds.

11. A snake-like marine animal whose name rhymes with meal.

12. Fisher folk use a purse seine net at night to catch this seafood.

13. A name for the delicious fish and shellfish that we eat.

14. What a fisherman or fisherwoman who uses hookah gear is called.

15. Fisher folk catch rockfish using this type of net.

16. Fisher folk catch rockfish and sea cucumbers using this type of gear.

17. The world's largest plant grows in the sea. It is giant _ _ _ _ .

18. Sea _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ look like a long, green vegetable with warts.

19. Fisher folk use a purse seine net and lights to fish for market squid

at _ _ _ _ _ .

20. Seafood is divided into two categories: fish and _ _ _ _ _ fish.

21. Fisher folk sometimes harpoon this fish that gets its name from the

_ _ _ _ _ that it sometimes uses to catch its food.

22. Fisher folk catch this fish with a purse seine. It is often caught with

sardines and squid.

23. Many fish eat this small fish. Humans often eat it pickled.


1. Ocean water contains a lot of this mineral.

12. Fisher folk in the 1930's caught more of this fish than any other fish off the California coastline. Monterey has an area called Cannery Row because of all the canneries once located there to process this fish.

13. Fisher folk use a net called a purse _ _ _ _ _ to catch squid, mackerel and sardines.

18. A lot of _ _ _ _ is needed to keep California's Golden Seas healthy.

24. Fisher folk catch lobsters in a _ _ _ _ .

25. Fisher folk use this floating device to mark the placement of their nets.

26. Fisher folk use a troller with lines and hooks to catch this King of the sea.

27. Fisher folk look for this large fish in warm waters.

28. The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ industry catches, processes, packages, sells and prepares fish and shellfish for us to enjoy.

29. Fishermen and fisherwomen catch one species of this flatfish in very deep water. Its first name is Dover.

30. Fisher folk use this type of fishing gear to catch fish by circling the net around the fish. The gear is called a round _ _ _ _ net.

31. Fisher folk want a clean and _ _ _ _ ocean environment. That is why they pick up ocean garbage and take it back to land for proper disposal and work with the government to pass laws that protect marine life.

32. The relationship between ocean animals and plants.

33. This flatfish has both eyes on one side of its head. Fisherfolk look for it on the ocean bottom in a sandy area. Sometimes it is buried half way into the sand.

34. Fisher folk who use this type of fishing gear have hooks and lines.

35. Fisher folk _ _ _ traps and pots to catch lobsters and crabs.

36. Fisher folk gave rockfish their name because of their _ _ _ _ _ habitat.

37. In northern California, fisher folk set pots to catch this delicious ocean crustacean.

38. When fisher folk troll they attach hooks to a _ _ _ _ .

39. There are many different knots that fisher folk learn to tie using _ _ _ _ .

40. Fisher folk call this a vessel.

41. A large shrimp.

42. Divers harvest sea urchins for their _ _ _ , which is a delicacy, especially in Japan.

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