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Learn about ocean sustainability

The sustainability of our oceans has never been more pressing. The Marine Stewardship Council is part of a team helping to keep our oceans healthy and full of life. Why not join us, and take your students on a journey into the wild? Use our curriculum relevant teaching and learning resources to discover the how we can help keep our oceans healthy for generations to come.

Why not introduce ocean sustainability with our film, created with young people and their teachers in mind? Follow a fisherman’s daughter into the wild, as she explores the geography of ocean sustainability, the reasons why our oceans are threatened, and the science behind sustainable oceans. 

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My dad the fisherman


“A great film which teaches you about some of the issues [around ocean sustainability]”

Sustainability educator, UK

Fish is the most traded food in the world – more than coffee, bananas and sugar. Did you know that one in 10 people around the world depend on fishing for their livelihood? And a billion of us rely on fish as our main source of animal protein.

1 in 10 people around the world rely on fish for their livelihood

Use curriculum-linked lesson plans, activity ideas, games, discussion questions and more in class to support the film and bring ocean sustainability to life.

Teaching resources

Image of shark and turtle being caught in net (bycatch) with fish

Consequences tree

A consequences tree is an effective tool to get learners thinking about sustainability from a variety of perspectives, growing their understanding of how human and physical processes interact to influence, and change environments.

Globe with cartoon boats on it

Key questions

Why not use one of these discussion points for class debate, research, extended writing or reflection time? All of the key questions help learners become system thinkers, examining sustainability from different angles.

Foodweb drawing with an orca, seal, large fish, small fish and squid

String game

This string game is a great way of introducing the concept of connections between different organisms in a food web, and all you need is a ball of string!

Spinning globe with cartoon fish swimming around the top

Go Fish!

The balance between fishing and reproduction of fish is a sustainable fishing level. Play Go Fish! In class, and learners can work in groups to play and experiment to find the maximum sustainable yield of a fish population.


Lesson plans

Fishermen painted on pebbles to depict sustainable fishing

Using the ocean’s resources sustainably

A lesson for learners aged 10+ in Geography, focusing on how people use, modify and change the ocean ecosystem to obtain food, as well as examining some of the key aspects of sustainability for our oceans.

For more information please contact Kate Jones
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