Modified by Jessica Haapkyla 2014-04-15
Your team will:
1. Research the biology of Nassau groupers.
2. Research the geographic distribution of Nassau groupers.
3. Research the human uses of Nassau groupers.
4. Research conservation methods for Nassau groupers.
5. Develop a plan to study the effect of one conservation method.
6. Create a presentation to secure funding for your study.
Divide the tasks 1 though 4 among your group members so that each person has one research task. Work together to complete tasks 5 and 6.
Task 1. The Biology of Nassau groupers
Why is the population of Nassau groupers so sensitive to current fishing practices?
Task 2. Geographic Distribution of Nassau groupers
Where are Nassau groupers found? How does geography explain the occurrence of the species? What geography related factors have influenced the population of the Nassau grouper?
Create a map showing the geographic distribution of the Nassau grouper using the . On the OBIS portal, select the "Search Data" tab and then select the "Click search and browse taxa". Enter the scientific name of the Nassau grouper, ."Click to search and browse datasets". When the database search is complete, select "Update map". Once the map appears, you may change its orientation by using the menu above the map. If you would like to save a map click on "Show results" then click on "Download" and "WMS", "Show Background", and "Save as image".
Task 3. Human uses of Nassau groupers
What uses do humans have for Nassau groupers?
To learn more about human uses of the Nassau grouper visit the American Museum of Natural History’s website. Learn more about the economic importance of the Nassau grouper. Read about fishing methods that are used to catch Nassau groupers. How can these methods affect the population? Are there other factors that threaten the Nassau grouper population?
Task 4. Conservation of the Nassau grouper
The harvesting of the Nassau grouper is economically important to small-scale fisheries in the Caribbean. In order to prevent the decline of the Nassau grouper, it is important to adopt appropriate conservation methods.
What are some possible conservation methods to save the Nassau grouper?
Task 5. The Plan
Since you are a team of research scientists, your plan will need the following parts:
1. - State the question that your research project will answer.
2. - Provide information that someone would need to know in order to understand your plan. Be sure to cite sources of information. This is the place to put information about Nassau grouper biology, geographic distribution, human uses of the Nassau grouper, and sustainable harvesting methods.
3. - A statement that describes the expected outcome of your project.
4. - What you will need to conduct your research or implement your project and why these are essential.
5. - List the steps you would take to conduct your research.
6. - Link this to the survival and sustainability of the Nassau grouper populations. Show a cause and effect relationship.
Task 6. The Presentation
Now it's time to sell your plan. There's only so much money to go around. Will your presentation convince the foundation to fund your research? Your presentation should include all the elements of your team's plan. Use visual aids such as maps, pictures, charts, tables, and/or an outline of key points. The presentation may be done using a computer-based presentation program or overhead transparencies. Each person should be responsible for presenting at least one part of the plan.