Catch & Release II: It's Catching On!

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Throw that fish back? A new generation of ethical anglers concerned about conserving resources is participating in "catch and release" fishing. How is this going? In this activity, learners use real data to compare the total number of fish caught and released versus the total number of fish caught and harvested for two species of fish (striped bass and bluefish).

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Ethics
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rose, Laura


  • , Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Source:

  • Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program