Harvesting the Commons

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Carrying capacity and sustainability. To understand the importance of these factors in planning resource management strategies, class members engage in a series of activities that focus on the fishing industry.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a fish and game ranger to speak with the class about managing the carrying capacity and sustainability of local animal populations
Classroom Considerations

  • The Cape Cod fishing segment is no longer available; however, the Enviro-Tacklebox episode also discusses carrying capacity and may be used for the game
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