Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations


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Harvesting a species from its habitat at a rate faster than the population can recover likely means that the species is:

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1. Removing too many of a single species from the environment is problematic for all of the following reasons, except:

2. Species are typically overfished because:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Focusing on how an area can be overfished, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of overexploitation of ecosystems. You'll need to understand what overexploited means as well as the consequences of overexploitation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • The act of removing a species from its natural habitat faster than the population can recover
  • Consequences of overexploitation
  • Why species are overfished
  • What harms our ecosystems
  • Characteristics of a bycatch

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why species are overfished and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the consequences of overexploitation
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related overexploitation lesson

Additional Learning

To learn why killer whales currently hunt sea lions, review the corresponding lesson named Over-Exploitation: How Humans Affect Ecosystems By Decreasing Species Populations. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what overexploitation means
  • Identify how an area can be overfished
  • Explain the consequences of overfishing
  • Describe what happens when companies use trawling
  • Know the waste involved in bycatch