Dear Educator:

We are pleased to present you with an integrated, comprehensive learning packet that helps children learn about and care for one of our vital environments - the sea.

This packet of 27 activities is designed to be easy-to-use and integrate into California State Board of Education's curriculum frameworks. The activities are divided into three age groups: 9-year olds, 10-year olds, and 11-year olds. Each activity lists the materials needed for the activity. The format is:

Get set, Go catch, and Sailing.

Get set

  • lists the advance preparation and set up activities;

Go catch

  • lists the implementation steps;


  • offers extended learning activities that often involve families, communities and school child nutrition and food service personnel.
The poster and stickers that complement the Golden Seas Activity Kit are included in several activities. (For information on how to order these elements, refer to the order form or contact the California Seafood Council.) The Appendix includes background information and "further reading" about California's Golden Seas.

We would appreciate your taking a minute to complete and return the enclosed Feedback and Evaluation Form once you have had an opportunity to review and try some of the activities. Your feedback is important to us.

We hope that you and your students will enjoy learning about California's Golden Seas.


Diane Pleschner, Manager
California Seafood Council


California's Golden Seas, integrated curriculum for ages 9, 10, and 11, was developed by the California Seafood Council with support from the Local Marine Fisheries Impact Program, California Department of Fish and Game Marine Resources Division, under Contract #FG3366MR.

Many people contributed a great deal of time and effort to create and develop this program. Grateful thanks go to the CSC's fishing advisors, who provided insight and much of the technical information contained herein. Many thanks also to the men and women who donated their time, fuel, and expertise, sharing via videotape their knowledge and love of the ocean: Vince Aliotti, Tim Athens, Craig Barbre and Marlisse Battistella, Phil Beguhl, Ken Bortolazzo, Travis Evans, Rick Gutierrez, Fred Hepp, Brian Jenison, Allison McCeney, Mike McCorkle, Cathy Novak, Pietro and Joan Parravano, Mike Ricketts, Bruce Steele, John and Moreen Szostak, Frank Vuoso, Tony West and any others whose names have been missed inadvertently.

Thanks to Tom Ancona for his original gear diagrams, which were the inspiration for the fishing artwork. We also extend thanks and appreciation to Dr. Milton Love, who consulted with the CSC on this project, and to Dr. Craig Fusaro, who critiqued the major iterations. Many thanks also to the CSC Education Committee for their long hours of review and comment throughout the process of development: Chair Aiden Coburn, Carol Noelting, Marciel Klenk, Cathy Novak, Travis Evans, Cathy Cordero, and Pietro Parravano.

Very special thanks to Deborah Lane Beall, of Lane Beall Associates, for her enthusiasm and creativity in developing activities that will inspire children to learn about and care for the ocean.

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