Marine biosecurity, like biosecurity on land, is all about protecting our coastlines from pests.
On land we take action to stop pests like rats, stoats and weeds. We need to do exactly the same underwater.
To help ensure the next generation understands how and why marine biosecurity is so important, a group of expert marine organisations have prepared a three-part classroom module.
The Marine Biosecurity education module is designed for Years 5-8 and aims to create real-life science capabilities in an engaging learning module.
Presented as Google Slides and PDF format that can be used on or off-screen, the module is NZ Curriculum aligned and ready to use as-is or for you to make your own.
Learning outcomes are:
- To understand what marine biosecurity is
- To learn about marine pests and the impacts they can have on the marine environment
- To inspire student-led action as environmental guardians to monitor and report marine pest sightings
This three-part resource is highly relevant to the ‘Nature of Science’ strand of the New Zealand curriculum and includes opportunities for gathering and interpreting data, using evidence, critiquing evidence, interpreting representations and engaging with science.
Click on the link above to start exploring the resources.
This resource was developed by the following organisations:
Northland Regional Council, Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council
With support from:
Ministry for Primary Industries, NZ Marine Studies Centre, Young Ocean Explorers