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Welcome to the Courageously Green blog! Here, various staff from Courageous Sailing Center’s summer youth program will post tips, reflections, and other useful information about our Courageously Green Environmental Program.

Discovery Channel calls it shark week but here at Courageous we call it Shark Supporters Week!

Sharks are a very important topic to include in any marine biology or environmental science program.  They are misunderstood creatures that are rapidly disappearing from our waters due to negative perceptions of sharks by humans. A majority of the over 500 species of sharks are currently listed as endangered or threatened because of human interactions.  People view sharks as man hunters because of movies, news reports, and other media, but in reality, humans are the actual hunters.  For every 1 human killed each year by sharks, people kill about 70 million sharks- that is over 11,000 sharks killed every hour!  Check out this amazing graph demonstrating this fact

The intention of Shark Supporters Week is to endear people to sharks and inform people about these amazing, critically endangered sea creatures.  I hope others will also start to spread the word about the importance of sharks instead of highlighting rare shark attacks. 

Stay tuned for some fun, educational shark activities!

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This week, to celebrate our Fish Fanatics theme, we learned about fishing practices in order to highlight the importance that fish and fishing plays in the Boston Harbor ecosystem and local economy.  I altered an activity about declining shark populations to teach about how the fishing practices of hook and line, gillnets, long lines, and trawls. 

The lesson above demonstrates, in an active and fun way, how four of the most common fishing practices work.  Click here to learn more about fishing practices and about the fish on your plate.

Our fishing game this week has everyone ready for SHARK SUPPORTERS week next week!

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