Fishing Treaties and Laws: International Cooperation to Protect Aquatic Ecosystems


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It's estimated that what percentage of global fish stocks are either fully or overexploited?

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1. Why is it difficult to protect global fisheries?

2. ___ is the international law that protects wild animals from harm through international trade.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fisheries have been an important source of food for people throughout history, but overfishing, pollution, climate change and other factors have seriously depleted fish populations. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand international regulations and laws that have been put into place to reverse this trend.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The decline of fish populations
  • Challenges involved in protecting global marine resources
  • International law on endangered marine animals
  • International regulations on marine pollution
  • The history of international fishing regulations

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access information about different types of international fishing regulations
  • Making connections - explain the factors that led to the need for international fishing regulations
  • Knowledge application - explain how the combination of different regulations create a global approach to protecting fisheries and other marine resources
  • Critical thinking - consider the length of time international fishing regulations have been in effect, and examine these global conservation measures in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on international fishing regulations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the UN Convention on Laws of the Sea
  • Define CITES
  • Explain The Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Define Marine Protected Area
  • Explain the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act