Curriculum Framework
Exploring Careers

Curriculum Framework

Participating educators in the Local Fisheries Knowledge (LFK) Project design a place-based curriculum around:


Local Fisheries Knowledge (related to marine and anadromous fisheries only)


Interview methods and content analysis


Local Fisheries Knowledge Database

Students will gain experience conducting pre-interview research, questioning, listening, analyzing, and writing. They will use the online database to publish the interview transcripts and summaries, as well as enter other supporting information (Database).

This curriculum provides students with skills to research and document the marine history and culture of their community. It also exposes students to social science as an approach to investigating ecological phenomenon and natural resource management issues. It can be integrated into many classes, including science, social studies, history, art, English, and career development.


Teachers from Ellsworth High participated in an LFK curriculum design workshop. July 2003, Corea, ME. Photo by Grey Maxim, EHS.

Exploring Careers

Participating educators are encouraged to involve diverse marine affairs professionals with the LFK Project in order to:

1. Raise students’ awareness of the variety of marine-related careers available

2. Increase students' understanding of natural resource management issues by  using their critical thinking skills to analyze different stakeholder perspectives.


Northern fur seal entangled in a fishing net. Photo by Rolf Ream, National Marine Mammal Lab.

Class speakers might include:


Fisheries biologists from academia and government


Fisheries managers (federal, state, local)


Fishing industry leaders and representatives


Fishery policy analysts


Fishery economists


Anthropologists and Sociologists




Enforcement officers


Maritime and environmental lawyers


Elected officials

A scientist measures and tags a fish. Photo by Jose Cort.

Conservation organizations staff


Environmental journalists





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