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Wikipedia Updating

Interested in some extra credit if FISH 110?

Share what you have learned in your research this term with the world by editing or creating a Wikipedia page on your topic.

If you are interested, your first task is to view this excellent web-tutorial on creating and updating Wiki pages created by our own Kathryn L!

Your second task is to review what is available on your topic via Wikipedia. Some topics have a lot (e.g. lionfish invasions) some topics have little.

Your third task is to get to work in your sandbox (watch Kathryn’s video). You can submit your revisions to me for extra credit by sending the shareable sandbox link.

The amount of credit will be commensurate with the amount of work/editing you did. The maximum allowable credit will be 50 points (e.g. half of the mid-term exam)

Let me know if you have questions!

FTT Due Nov 16 by 11:59pm


In a post of no less than 250 words, share you thoughts on rationalization, including what it is, why it was proposed as a necessary management step, and its consequences. You might find it useful to think of the pros and cons associated with rationalization in your response.

BY Nov 17 at 11:59pm comment on at least two posts by your peers.

FTT Due NOvember 9

Billion Dollar Fish is full of colorful characters. In a post of at least 250 words, tell the class who your favoriate character is from your reading of Billion Dollar Fish and why? What makes them your favorite and be sure to tell us how they fit into the story of Alaska Pollock. Share with us by 11:59 PM on November 9. By 11:59 by on November 10, please comment on at least two posts by your peers.

FTT Due October 26 by 11:59pm

In the opening sections of Billion Dollar Fish there are some immediate similarities and differences to the northern cod story of Newfoundland. What strikes you as similar? What is different?

Share with us in a post of at least 250 words by 11:59 pm on the 26th. Join the conversation with at least 2 posts by 11:59 pm on the 27th as per usual.

FTT- Post Due October 19 by 11:59 pm

We are now finished with Four Fish and it is time to reflect on your major take-aways. In at least a 250 word post, share with the class what you thought were the most eye-opening, interesting, or otherwise like-able parts of the book. In addition, discuss how the book influenced your view regarding the role of aquaculture and wild-capture fisheries as part of the solution for feeding the 7+ billion people on Earth.

Forum Post Due October 12 by 11:59 pm

With the first quiz done and the midterm looming on the horizon (Tuesday the 14th) it is time to think about studying habits and strategies.

In this post of no less than 250 words, share your strategy for studying for the quiz- what worked and what didn’t, and share what your studying plan is for the mid-term. This is a chance to learn from each other and light a fire under you to get ready for next week. All the material from the first lecture through lectures on October 5 and 7 are fair game for the exam. Again it will be closed book and note.

Post your strategy by 11:59 pm on the 12th and weigh in with at least two comments by the 13th at 11:59 pm.

FTT Prompt September 28 by 11:59pm

The choice of which fish to cultivate is far from simple, and clear some are more suitable than others. Using the criteria describe by Sir Francis Galton, discuss why or why not Seabass are a good candidate for aquaculture. If think Seabass are not a good candidate, discuss why you think so much effort has gone into their production.

Share your thoughts in at least 250 words by the 28th of September, and by the next day weigh in on at least two posts by your peers.

REflections on your Posts this week

I really enjoyed your posts this week, and as usual I spent the morning with several cups of coffee reading, thinking, and trying to synthesize. A few things really struck me and I hope we can talk about it. First, there were many sentiments that suggest that as a society we have gone from “need to greed.” This is well reflected in Elias’s response to Payton’s post:

...commercial greed / capital gain is, undoubtedly what has brought us to where we are today, with the depletion of natural fish stocks, the curation of genetically modified fish- all of it. It really begs the question: When will corporations and the general public be satisfied? When will this all.. meet an end, so to speak?

Second, many people shared that a major loss if wild salmon disappeared would be the cultures and people that have co-evolved along side them for generations. Charli quoted Greenberg saying: “I couldn’t help but think that in a way the future of wild salmon and the future of the Yupik people were somehow sadly parallel to each other.” – What do you make of this quote? What does it mean to you?

Third, I saw many people contrasting the western capitalist system that treats salmon as a commodity (with instrumental value, such as $) vs. an Indigenous world view that treats salmon much differently. I feel this was captured by Linnaea who quoted Greenberg : But unlike the Yupik Eskimo mentality, the Judeo- Christian mind is governed by a faith in improvement and transformation of the natural world

We have much to discuss and it sure seems that our relationship with our food is pretty darn complex and complicated.

FTT Prompt due September 21by 11:59pm

After finishing the opening section on salmon in Four Fish it is time to do some reflecting. In your post of at least 250 words, share you thoughts on what the chapter suggested regarding our goals in managing salmon? What are our objectives? What would be lost if salmon in nature disappeared and salmon only existed as Salmo domesticus?

Are we working to just sustain food security the ability to fill our bellies, or something else as well?

Submit your comment by 11:59pm on Tuesday night and by Wednesday contribute to the discussion online by responding to at least 2 other posts.