How lasers and robo-feeders are transforming fish farming- 20 February 2018
"Fish farming is big business - the industry now produces about 100 million tonnes a year - and with salmon prices soaring,
producers are turning to lasers, automation and artificial intelligence to boost production and cut costs." (BBC)
Anger as Japanese skating rink freezes thousands of fish into ice as gimmick- Article + Video - 28 November 2016
"The rink, which was supposed to have stayed open until the spring, featured about 5,000 dead sprats, mackerel and other fish that had been bought from a local market embedded in the ice, some with their mouths still open in apparent suspended animation, according to local media reports." (theguardian.com)
4 reasons to tackle destructive fishing this World Tuna Day - 2 May 2016
"On World Tuna Day, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza is at sea stopping the destructive fishing practices of the largest tuna company
on the planet – Thai Union – which owns popular tuna brands like John West, Petit Navire, Mareblu and Chicken of the Sea,
and supplies huge companies like Walmart...
Here are four of the biggest reasons to stand up against Thai Union’s destructive practices: 1) Bycatch – marine life that is caught but that isn’t tuna – is killed as collateral damage. 2) Social injustice. Industrial fishing fleets are literally stealing sustainable fishers’ livelihoods out from under them. 3) Overfishing. Plenty of fish in the sea, there are not. 4) Pollution. Seriously, do we really need more of it in our oceans?" (greenpeace.org)
Forced to fish: Slavery on Thailand's trawlers - 23 January 2014
"Thailand is the third largest exporter of seafood in the world, supplying supermarkets in Europe and America, but it's accused of crewing fishing boats
with Burmese and Cambodian men who've been sold and forced to work as slaves." (BBC)
Great white shark dies after three days in captivity in Japan - 8 January 2015
"Cause of death at aquarium under investigation as animal rights campaigners criticise shark’s captivity as cruel and wrong...
Keeping a great white shark in captivity is extremely difficult as it needs to keep swimming constantly to get oxygen and maintain its body temperature." (theguardian.com)
Overfishing Opponent Wins Environment Prize- Text + Audio
"A leading American supporter of a method to prevent overfishing, Jane Lubchenco, has won a major environmental prize.
Jane Lubchenco served as head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 2009 to 2013.
She won this year's Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Worries about microplastics in our seafood (26th January, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"People who eat seafood may be also eating tiny pieces of plastic. The small pieces of plastic are called microplastics." Try the same news story at these easier levels: Microplastics - Level 0, Microplastics - Level 1 or Microplastics - Level 2 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-) (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Blobfish are the ugliest animals (September 17, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"Most people do not know what a blobfish is. It is the world's ugliest animal. It is also the new mascot of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Blobfish voted world's ugliest animal
"Deep-sea creature crowned winner of a competition to raise awareness of endangered and aesthetically challenged animals...
"Some would describe it as a bit ugly, but I think the sad face of the blobfish belies a kind and very wise little brain in there," said Paul Foot (of Never Mind the Buzzcocks)." (theguardian.com)
change threatens fish populations- a lesson plan with "a news article, listening (MP3 file), communication activities,
pair work, discussion, reading and vocabulary exercises."
(Breaking News English)
An Australian grandmother has survived a shark attack by repeatedly punching and kicking the animal.
"She was snorkelling near the Whitsunday Islands off the coast
of Queensland in eastern Australia when the attack happened." + a VIDEO (BBC) Vocabulary : attack / punch / kick / bite/ rip off / maul
40 Fish Idioms
"The ubiquity of fish in culinary traditions and the popularity of fishing as both a recreational pastime and a food-gathering activity has led to the development of many fish-based idioms..." (dailywritingtips.com)
English in a Minute: Clam Up- Video - 15 August 2015
"A clam is a type of shellfish that lives in water. But what does it mean if a person "clams up?" Find out in this week's English in a Minute!" (learningenglish.voanews.com)
Fishy Expressions - "The English language abounds in expressions related to fish and fishing. Here are just a few." (dailywritingtips.com)
Proverb(quotationspage.com) "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man
to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Should we eat more fish? - VIDEO- 10 April 2016
"Across Asia people eat more fish than anywhere else in the world, but there is a potential danger as mercury and other chemicals are found in fish." (BBC)
Australians protest against shark cull
"Thousands of people have joined protests on beaches in Australia against a new policy which allows fishermen to catch and kill any large sharks they find..." (YouTube)
Jaws in 3 minutes - 40th Anniversary Tribute
"Here's a 3 minute retelling of the story. Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying half the success of the film was because of John Williams iconic score. I think it's one of the best film scores of all time." (YouTube)
One pound fish song an internet smash
""Come on ladies, come on ladies, one pound fish... Have a have a look, one pound fish!
The words to a catchy tune pulling in customers to a fish stall in Queen's Market in East London, not far from the Olympic Stadium.
The man behind the song is Muhammad Shahid Nazir who decided to sing about his wares rather than shout like the other market traders..." (BBC)
"Redback, Funnel-Web, Blue-ringed octopus
Taipan, Tigersnake and a Box jellyfish
Stonefish and the poison thing that lives in a shell
That spikes you when you pick it up
Come to Australia
You might accidentally get killed..."
Fish Heads by Barnes and Barnes - for beginners!or KARAOKE(YouTube) + the LYRICS : "Fish heads, fish heads,
Rolly-polly fish heads,
Fish heads, fish heads,
Eat them up, yum!...
They can't play baseball,
They don't wear sweaters,
They're not good dancers,
They don't play drums!"
(stlyrics.com) "The song is about fish heads and all the things they can (or, more often, cannot) do, such as playing baseball, wearing sweaters, dancing, playing drums, or being seen drinking cappuccino in Italian restaurants with Oriental women. It is accompanied by a high-pitched chorus, achieved by speeding up the tape, which repeats the original's chorus." (Wikipedia)
Barracuda Lyricssung by Heart "The real thing don't do the trick, no?
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick
Ahh, barra- barracuda!" (sing365.com) - the VIDEO (YouTube)
Rock band Heart
"have called in lawyers after US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin used their track Barracuda at a Republican Party rally." (BBC)
Molly Malone- a song found in "New Wings 5eme" "Click on the video then click on the lyrics to stop them
until the song starts." - with an Activity created by:
a Sea Star(lyrics & audio)
"Listen and sing along to this fun song about hungry sea stars
and what they eat."
(Monterey Bay Aquarium)
Out Of WaterBy: Dolly Parton :
"I feel like a minnow in a sea of Moby Dicks
A small fry in a big pan
They're caviar -- I'm fish sticks
Fish out of water
I know I don't belong
Andyby The Cranberries :
"The world is your oyster now
You can do as you want to do"