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Grade 4-7, 8-9
Subject Environmental Science, Science
Resource type Activity, Multimedia
Duration Over 60 minutes

About This Resource

A change of scale activity - Fishery management. Students analyze maps and graphs to determine which herring populations will be at risk if the herring fishery opens.

Scenario: "You’ve been asked by the government and the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) community to make a recommendation regarding the herring fishery. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans wants to open the fishery for the Central Coast. Their data shows that the herring population is healthy and growing. The Haíɫzaqv don’t want to open the fishery in their territory, because their data shows that some herring populations may still be in trouble. Should the herring fishery open?"

Ocean School is a free educational resource from the Canadian Government about the ocean, through Dalhousie UniversityIngenium - Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, and the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School is inquiry-based, entirely online, available in English and French, and for students in grades 5-9. Learn more about the Ocean School project at our What is Ocean School page.

About the Indigenous content
This content was filmed and developed on unceded Haíɫzaqv homelands and waterways in direct collaboration with members of the Haíɫzaqv Nation. The Haíɫzaqv are an Indigenous Nation living in (what is currently) Canada's province of British Columbia. We are sincerely grateful to the Haíɫzaqv Nation for allowing Ocean School to be guests in their territory, for sharing their stories and knowledge, and for collaborating with us for this module. All Haíɫzaqv language use in Ocean School content is overseen by the Heiltsuk integrated resource management department.


Herring graph and map data activity