Fishing Techniques & Their Effects on Ecosystems


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What percentage of the world's monitored fish stocks are either fully or overexploited?

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1. The type of fishing technique that pulls a net behind a boat is called ___

2. ___ is any marine life other than the target species that is caught in fishing gear:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the various types of fishing techniques and their corresponding impact on the world's ecosystems. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include various types of destructive fishing and the exploitation level of the world's fish stocks.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • How much of the world's fish stocks are overexploited
  • The term for fishing by pulling a net behind a boat
  • The term for marine life other than the target catch that gets caught in fishing gear
  • The purpose of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • The characteristics of dynamite fishing

Skills Practiced

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

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main words, such as dynamite fishing and overexploited
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the types of fishing techniques and impact on ecosystems
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Marine Mammal Protection Act and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about various fishing techniques

Additional Learning

To learn more about environmental concerns over fishing techniques, review the corresponding lesson on the Types of Fishing Techniques and Impact on Ecosystems. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the terms fishery and bycatch
  • Understand the procedures and consequences of bottom trawling, longline fishing, gillnets and dynamite fishing
  • Recognize how all fish species are part of the ocean food web
  • Explore conservation efforts for fisheries and marine mammals