Protecting Populations

Educator guide

(Adventure: North Atlantic)

How sustainable is our use of our marine resources?

What’s it all about?

Join youth host, Holly, and Boris Worm, alongside local fishermen and scientists from Ocean Wise, Marine Institute and DFO to examine the complexities of managing marine natural resources and the potential recovery of cod.

Estimated media time - 65m

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Potential topics / Big ideas

  • Species management and protection

  • Data collection and analysis

  • Patterns and trends (e.g. species behaviour, movement)

  • Mi’kmaw concept of Netukulimk

  • Ecosystems

  • Fishing methods

  • Fishing gear design

  • Planning data collection

  • Stakeholder perspectives (e.g. scientists, community members, aquaculture farmers)

  • Stability and change (e.g. impacts of changes to habitat, fishing practices and management)

  • Technology as a tool to improve marine research, collaborate, gather and analyse information

  • Spatial diversity of natural and human environments and communities, on a local and regional scale


Lines of inquiry

Protecting Populations contains three lines of inquiry, each with a focus question. This guide describes all of the media in each line of inquiry by title, type, content and accompanying activity. We have provided estimated times for each activity.

Note. As an inquiry-based learning platform, Ocean School is designed to allow students to choose their own path according to their crew’s (group) decisions. If you would like the students to follow a prescribed path, you will need to tell them where to go.

For more information, read about our approach to Inquiry based learning.

Protecting Populations

Click on the titles in this graphic to open them on the Ocean School platform.

Take Action

The Take Action is the culminating activity in every module. Learners are asked to reflect about what they’ve learned and how they can put their learning into action. This activity is designed to support sustained inquiry, leadership and collaboration.

The Take Action is framed with a “call to action” from the youth host who poses the overarching module question and asks students to take action to answer it. In this case: How can we contribute to healthy habitats?

Below we have described the call to action and a handful ideas of actions or products.

For more information, read the Take action guide.

Call to Action

How sustainable is our use of marine resources?


We’ve learned a lot, and now it’s time to think how we can put our learning into action.


Take action planner: A template is provided with the call to action and questions to scaffold the planning of an action. Preview the planner here.

Ideas for actions and products

Get outside! Identify habitats that are threatened in the local area. Investigate and help to restore the habitat!

  • Create a product to share learning and build awareness among others -Infographics, podcasts, digital stories, social media campaign

  • Create a role play

  • Become a citizen scientist

Want it all?

You can download all of the activities for "Protecting Populations" at once.


What are the most significant impacts of marine resource depletion?

In this line of inquiry: Gone fishing, CSI: Cod Stock Investigation, Anatomy of a cod


What actions contribute most to marine recovery?

In this line of inquiry: Trawling for data, Wet lab, Flume tank 360°, Current News — Cod, Net Gains


How can we better support sustainable food?

In this line of inquiry: Every single fish, Sea to plate, 360° fishing, Catch-of-the-day

Inquiry tools

How can we boost our inquiry skills?

An inquiry tool is a piece of media that explicitly targets inquiry skills building. Ocean School is designed to facilitate and build inquiry skills, such as asking great questions. Each of the inquiry tools has an accompanying educator guide with a lesson plan.

For more information, read the Inquiry tools guide.