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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Spring 2012 issue: Lowcountry’s Fishing Future: Are Locavores the Answer?

Focus Questions

  • What does it mean to be a “locavore”?
  • How does Abundant Seafood differ in their approach to selling seafood compared to other fishermen and seafood vendors?
  • Describe South Carolina’s economy pre- and post-Civil War. What are the differences in the items that were harvested and sold?
  • Describe the current snapper-grouper regulations of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. What are the reasons behind these regulations?
  • Describe the Mosquito Fleet. Who were they and how did they come into being? What eventually ended the Mosquito Fleet?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address South Carolina Standards

5th Grade: Ecosystems: Terrestrial and Aquatic
5-2.5: Explain how limiting factors (including food, water, space, and shelter) affect populations in ecosystems. Compare daily and seasonal changes in weather conditions (including wind speed and direction, precipitation, and temperature) and patterns.

7th Grade: The Biotic and Abiotic Environment
7-4.3: Explain the interaction among changes in the environment due to natural hazards (including landslides, wildfires, and floods), changes in populations, and limiting factors (including climate and the availability of food and water, space, and shelter).

9th – 12th: Biology
B-6.2: Explain how populations are affected by limiting factors (including density-dependent, density-independent, abiotic, and biotic factors).

Lesson Links

South Carolina Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Initiative
Check out the Sustainable Seafood Initiative program of the South Carolina Aquarium at to learn about how they support and promote local seafood. Review the listing of species that are currently considered sustainable and not sustainable at . Which species are considered not sustainable? Choose one species and research why it is considered not to be sustainable. Name two species that are considered to be sustainable. Research why these species are considered to be sustainable.

Fishery Regulations
Size and catch limit regulations such as those put forward by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council often take into consideration the impact to populations. Check out their website at . List the size and catch limitations of at least three species. Why might these regulations be enforced?

Population Ecology
Check out these lessons that focus on marine fisheries and sustaining populations:
I’ll Trade You A Bag of Chips, Two Cookies, and $60,000 for your Tuna Fish Sandwich: (grades 9-12)

Sushi Bar (grades K-12)

Marine Fisheries Series (grades 5-8 and 9-12)