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|Grade level: 3-8||Date: 2000
||Program cost: Free
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Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
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Table of Contents
A 4-H Fishing Curriculum developed for Michigan and the Great Lakes in particular. It contains sections on aquatic ecology, people and fish, angling skills, tackle crafting and meal preparation.
Project FISH is an adaptation of the National 4-H Fishing Curriculum, developed for Michigan and the Great Lakes in particular. It follows the 4-H pattern, including sections on:
Michigan Aquatic Ecology. Hands-on explorations of watersheds, pond water (invertebrates), filtration by wetlands, invasive species, and fish set the stage and provide background for responsible fishing.
People and Fish. Includes fisheries management, human involvement and a significant section on ethics and the responsibilities of anglers.
Angling Skills. Beginning with a pop can and ending with a spinning rod, this section provides beginning to intermediate techniques in casting, knots and rigging, as well as games and competitions.
Tackle Crafting. A “signature” of 4-H programs, this section provides the opportunity to create jigs, flies, worm harnesses and other gear which reinforces aquatic ecology concepts and provides tackle and lures for later fishing expeditions.
Mixed Creel. A closer look at live bait, as well as smoking, cooking and eating your catch.
The activities are action-oriented, tied to state standards, and the “FISH-format” activities contain both community service components and career opportunities. There is an excellent description of ethics and how to facilitate ethics sessions. Each activity is also an adaptation from regional and/or national programs including Project WILD, WOW!, Earth Systems Education and Life of the Lakes.
Note: You must attend the Project Fish workshop to obtain a copy of this curriculum.
Disclaimer: The reviews of this and the other Great Lakes Fisheries education materials were conducted by a single independent reviewer. The views of this reviewer do not necessarily reflect the views of GLIN, the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Fishery
Trust, or the University of Michigan.