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Extra Credit Opportunity-Due December 13

Course evaluations are always important to me, but even more so this year given the transition onto Zoom during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Your task: please fill out the course evaluation of FISH 110 that you can access through Blackboard or through invites in email from

If at least 90% of the class respond, everyone will receive 10 points of extra credit to their final grade. 


Due November 11 by 11:59pm

I was late posting this prompt, so you have until Wednesday before midnight and NO responses are required (but feel free….extra effort can be rewarded)

In the current section of Billion Dollar Fish the author tells the lamentable tale of the rise and fall of the Donut Hole.  In a short post (ca. 300 words) , describe as you understand it the factors that led to the collapse in the Donut Hole, making sure to make clear you understand what the Donut Hole is, why it is important in the story of Alaska pollock, and perhaps how it might related to the fall of northern cod. 



FTT due 11:59 pm October 13

After learning the heartbreaking story of northern cod of Newfoundland, it is time to reflect on what you think are the two single most important lessons from this disaster. In approximately 250-300 words, tell us what you think those two lessons are, and why they are so important. Push yourself to go beyond the obvious, such as “we need to learn to not catch so many fish.” While that is true, that is not terribly helpful. Which lessons can be applied to help us avoid this type of collapse again in the future?

As per usual, respond to at least two (2) posts by your peers by Wednesday at 11:59 pm by clicking the ‘reply’ button to a student’s post

Expect to see an essay question on northern cod on Thursday’s exam.


FTT #5- McEvoy vs. Solow due by 11:59 pm October 6

This week’s forum post will require some additional effort.

Step 1: Read the paper by Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Solow. The paper is : sust-solow

Step 2: Write a response by COMMENTING on this post in which you compare and contrast the views of sustainability between Solow and Art McEvoy discussed in the Fisheries Management I lecture last week. Note this is a change from you creating your own post. This is a change in process to try and keep things more organized for all of us.

Step 3: In your post also discuss whether you think Solow and McEvoy would consider the Yukon salmon fishery sustainable if Chinook salmon catches could be substituted with chum salmon

A thorough response to this week’s prompt will be at least 250 words.  As per usual, respond to at least two (2) posts by your peers by Wednesday at 11:59 pm by clicking the ‘reply’ button to a student’s post


Post due Sept 29 by 11:59pm

Now that your first quiz in FISH 110 is behind you, share with the class your approach and methodology for studying. Do you feel it worked well, what do you plan to do differently for studying for the midterm? 

Share your thoughts in at least 250 words.  The point of this post is to share helpful studying tips and pointers. We will talk through the quiz and your responses to this prompt on Thursday


FTT post due September 15 by 11:59pm

In the chapter on Salmon, the author Paul Greenberg writes “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.

In a post of at least 250 words, discuss what you think Greenberg meant in this passage. Do you agree? Why or why not? 

By 11:59 pm on Wednesday September 16, comment on at least two posts by your fellow students to set the stage for our in-class discussion.  I think it is going to be a good one!



Readings for Tuesday


Thank you for a wonderful discussion today, the first of what I hope is many great dialogues.  My desire to do this Tuesday is part of a larger movement by professors across North America.Learn more

Image of my friend Ben Stevens in his smokehouse during 2017

For Tuesday, please come prepared to pick up where we left off in our discussion and I ask you read the following articles (in addition to the Scientific American article about why Malthus is still wrong)

  3. Case study (I am a Criminal)

FTT #1

After reading this introduction to the book and the general trend that the author suggested, I believe that at this point in the book he would have expressed deep concern for the worlds fisheries and global health. Growing up in Alaska I have several instances where I learned a plethora of things about fish and fisheries. I also had to grow to learn that all things are not what they seem unless you look at the bigger picture. In the summers I traveled and stayed with extended family in Michigan. Just like in the story, there was a pond by my aunts house, me and my cousins would spend every day out by the pond catching and releasing frogs. The window troughs to her basement were always full of frogs, you couldn’t go far without seeing at least a few frogs where ever you went in the area. I hadn’t realized that after all the years that there are no more frogs. My family owns a home next to my aunts house on a small river, and yet I haven’t seen frogs around the area in several years. Its always puzzled me as to what actually happened to all the frogs, I’m hoping to try to look into it more this semester. Although this isn’t a fishery, it had a huge impact on how I thought of the resources the world had to offer, they are far from infinite. By the end of the book I hope that the author will find some good news for the world but I highly doubt his ideas will change towards the decline in the global fisheries as a whole.

FTT- #1

Greenberg found a fishing hole near his home that produced large fish (Large Mouth Bass) and became, what sounded like, one of his favorite past-times. The pond ends up having a mass die-off of the Large Mouth Bass for a reason unknown. I think this sets a fire beneath Greenberg to figure out why.

I did live in a mountainous area in Colorado for a few years called “Leadville.” This area sits at 10,200 feet making it the highest municipality in the United States and we were the epicenter of some phenomenal fly fishing streams. If I drove downhill a little ways, I’d hit a river called the Blue River. This river was ranked as a “Gold Medal Stream” which means there are a certain amount of large fish per square mile. I fished that river almost every day, like many others, and caught a few monster rainbow trout, but the fishing was extremely slow. The next year the Blue River was downgraded to a “Bronze Medal Stream.” I remember seeing fisheries crews floating down the river shocking it for data and seeing countless fish full of gill lice, tons of deformed hatchery rainbows, and every 22″+ fish missing maxillas from fishermen removing hooks roughly. I still don’t know why to this day why exactly the fishery went downhill so quickly outside of high pressure fishing, but it really did strike an interest in me to learn more about our fisheries and fish in general.

As for how Greenberg would have felt about worldwide fish stocks, I think he’d be at a loss to say. He had only been introduced to a small pond in a small area of Connecticut. I believe he’d say something is likely going on, but it’s hard to say just what at this moment. When you see your first mass die-off- i’m sure you know there’s a problem brewing somewhere, so this is likely the beginning to his journey on the health of our fisheries around the world. I think Greenberg will become more pessimistic throughout the book in ways, but optimistic that we can fix the problems with our fisheries before it’s too late. Once you can pinpoint the issue at hand, you can begin to make a change.


First Fish Tank Thursday Discussion Question

Please respond to this prompt by composing your own POST (details below).  Your response should be at least 250 words, use complete and correct punctuation, and is written to express your opinions as clearly as possible.

In the opening pages of Four Fish, Paul Greenberg has a personal experience on a favorite child-hood pond that sets him on to a journey to learn about fisheries.  What was this experience for Greenberg and have you had a similar profound event that sent you on a mission for knowledge? At this point of the book, how do you think Greenberg would have answered our question about the health of world fisheries? By the end of the book do you think he will have become more optimistic or pessimistic compared to how he started? 

How to create your Post

  1. Login into the fish 110 website as usual
  2. To create a post, select Post from the WP Admin dashboard and choose Add New.
  3. Type or paste text in the content window and style it with the options available on the toolbar.
  4. Add Images, video, and links to support your ideas (optional)
  5. Click Publish to make the post live and accessible.