Marine Resources and Sustainable Fisheries

The failure of harvesters, scientists, managers and the concerned public to prevent groundfish collapse represents a turning point in western North Atlantic fishing history and has been a powerful impetus to examine what we know about our relationship to the underwater world and to each other. The latter part of this century has given us new tools to look at what's happening in the ocean - scuba, submarines, and even satellites.
We also have new tools to fish with.

Along with these new tools, we're rediscovering an age-old sensitivity that the underwater world is a system with its own scale of interactions. No single creature is able to stand and thrive on its own. We're discovering its corollary that we cannot fish for one kind of fish alone, without harming all others in the system.

Through the collapse of the groundfish, we've become painfully aware of the challenges of organizing our political and economic lives such that we can work within this system and maintain its health and productivity for many years to come. At the same time, successes in the lobster fishery point to possibilities that may

respond to these challenges. How do we make sense of these two fisheries and the varying scales of how they are fished? In light of our advancing technologies and our ecosystem understanding, how are we looking back? How might we move forward?

These issues are explored in a three-part video series on the fishery crisis produced by the Mainewatch Institute and the Island Institute. Produced by Compass Light Productions, the series looks at the social, economic and ecological aspects of the New England fishery

crisis and its potential management solutions through the eyes of harvesters, scientists and managers within both the groundfish and lobster fisheries of Maine.The series is accompanied by Fishing for the Future, a 39-page teachers guide used as a tool for teachers at the high school and college level as well as environmental and adult educators. Each chapter in the teachers Guide corresponds to one of the three videos and contains discussion quesitons, specific activities, reference materials and resources for further exploration. Activities suggested in Fishing for the Future are correlated to Maine's Learning Results.


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