Welcome to the ‘Wonders of the Oceans’ - a learning module aimed to teach 8-12 year olds the importance of conserving our aquatic resources through responsible fisheries and aquaculture.

We have selected six major themes to learn and explore the world’s oceans: the richness of the oceans; creatures inhabiting the oceans; food from the oceans; people who depend on the oceans; bad and good practices and their impacts on the oceans; the importance of acting responsibly regarding the oceans.

Each theme includes lessons containing the core learning content and curious facts with associated activities (both group and individual) and additional information. There are a total of 17 lessons.

At the beginning of each lesson, students will follow the amazing journey of Captain Costa, the experienced captain of a fishing boat, and Lisa, his 12-year-old granddaughter. Together they will discover the wonders of the oceans and students will learn through these experiences.

To set the stage, each lesson is prefaced by a short exchange – either through a conversation or a postcard – involving Captain Costa and Lisa.

The Importance of Responsible Fisheries

As with all of the Earth’s natural resources, the aquatic world is valuable and provides food, jobs, traditions, hobbies, the future and the past to millions of people around the globe. But unless we act in a responsible way – treating those natural resources and all their benefits fairly and with respect – our aquatic world could be irreversibly damaged.

In 1995 the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries was adopted by the FAO Conference. This signalled a major step in promoting the move towards acting responsibly in regards to all aquatic resources and their ecosystems. Through the learning achieved in these lessons, we hope that students the world over will understand the importance of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and become captains of the Code.