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Our kids FishesFeedUs Blog was designed and hosted by The FISH Project at OneOcean.org as a Premier Partner.
Philippine teen bloggers with fisher leaders & fisher children
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Our blog served as an online venue for youth in New York City (NYC) and youth living in the Indo-Pacific Region to discuss the global fish crisis as part of a global public awareness project called "Fishes Feed Us," initiated by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. The purpose of the blog was to make what the NYC youth learned in school about our ocean's ill health, more real and urgent, while giving the Indo-Pacific youth, who see the fish crisis up-close, a world stage for their voices. Excerpts from the blog were utilized as the 10 monologues [click to read monologues] spoken by New York City 4th and 5th graders in the "Fishes Feed Us" premiere performance that took place on June 5, 2007 on the United Nations Plaza in New York City, as part of World Environment Day.
The blogging session lasted for three weeks from April 23 to May 14, 2007, when 6 youth bloggers from Indo-Pacific and 5 youth bloggers from New York City exchanged views about the fish crisis, telling their stories from the "fishes perspective" as well as from their own viewpoints. All posts were screened for scientific accuracy before public viewing. [In the best of all worlds, it would have been best if the blog was open for a full-semester of school so that teachers could have been directly involved.]
This blog will re-open for public comment for a one-month period after the World Environment Day performance. All of the kid's blog posts are available for public use for future performances or for any non-commercial purpose related to ocean conservation efforts by any group or person that this "model" project has inspired.
There may be opportunities to re-active the blog in the future.
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WHY PARTNER WITH INDO-PACIFIC REGION?
Learning about the fish crisis in the Philippines and coastal communities of the entire Indo-Pacific region, encouraged us to find blog partners there so that kids in New York City could learn by conversing with those kids who are being directly impacted by the loss of their ocean fisheries. These children must drop-out of school so that they can fish all-day in order to catch enough fish [they are so small now] to make fish-soup, so their families can have a source of protein.
Young boys in the Philippines fishing with nets.
[photo: The FISH Project, Oneocean.org]
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