DAY 5: Wasting Away
Activity 1: Off the Menu [4 points]
Fishing is a really common activity in New Zealand. In fact, people have fished in New Zealand for centuries. Unfortunately, over the past few decades some people have caught too many fish in one area and left the region without enough fish to refill (replenish) the stocks. When this happens we call the area ‘overfished’ and it is closed to all private and commercial fishing. If people are caught fishing in these areas, they are required to pay a fine (money). The maximum fine for fishing in a restricted area is $100 000.
What do you think about this rule? Is it fair that people are charged up to $100 000 for overfishing?
On your blog, tell us what you think about this rule and why you think it!.
I think it is wrong and right charging people for overfishing. It's right because people are fishing too much and what if they get all the fish? How about the other people who wants to fish? How about those who have nothing to eat and there aren't any fish? It is also wrong because charging up to $100,000 is so expensive. What if it was a poor man who doesn't have any food, shelter or money to pay that big amount of money.
Activity 3: Faded Glory [5 points]
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, made up of 2900 individual reefs. It is so big that it can actually be seen from space! The reef is located on the east coast of Australia and many people believe that it is millions and millions of years old. For most of its life, the reef has been a healthy, vibrant ecosystem. Over the past thirty years, however, it has changed dramatically. Much of the beautiful bright coral has become bleached and has lost its colour. Sections of the reef have also been damaged by tourists, cyclones and the introduction of new, damaging invasive species.
The Australian government is working to protect and preserve the reef. Each year they spend about $200 million dollars repairing and protecting the reef. It is a lot of money and they could really use some help raising the money (funds) required to repair the reef. This is where you come in!
On your blog, list three different ideas or strategies for raising funds to preserve the Great Barrier Reef. What could you do to fundraise here in New Zealand?
- Ask schools to fund raise (In our school we do activities and sell things such as candy, art crafts, hand-made stuff and we donate the money to the school we are fund raising for)
- & 3. Go around the town and nearby neighbour hoods and tell people what is happening right now about the Great barrier Reef and ask if they could give a donation even if it's big or small.