Three Mexican fisheries

Students compare the stories of three Mexican fishing villages to understand the factors that enabled some villages to sustainably manage their fishing resources, while others failed.

This classroom material covers the Gulf of California region in Mexico, where marine resource fishing has historically and currently high cultural and economic importance. Students get to know the ecology of one of the marine species and derive recommendations for the sustainable management of the species.

Then they read about the history and development of three fishing villages Seri, Puerto Peñasco and Kino and compare them by various factors that may have contributed or hindered the sustainable management of their fishing resource.

Finally, students can transfer their understandings to a different sustainable resource use scenario, such as climate change.

Author: Susan Hanisch

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