Eat Local Seafood!
SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To persuade my audience that buying local caught fish or catching your own is a way for fighting against foreign traders.
CENTRAL IDEA: Americans are eating a lot of foreign produced seafood and neglecting the fact that our wild fish has more nutritional value which could be staying within our borders.
ORGANIZATIONAL PATTERN: Problem Solution
Attention and interest: Who wants to eat some fish fed only pellets or raised in overcrowded pens with the labeled slapped on it, "fresh wild caught" with tiny letters at the bottom saying produced in China?
Reveal topic: Sorry for the one student who doesn't care about fish, according to the surveys you're going to have to hear one more speech about fish and how in today's world, we don't follow up on where our food comes from and that we are sending off our most nutritional wild fish in return for mostly farmed fish.
Credibility and Good Will: Being a fisheries student makes me open my eyes to what is happening within our fishing practices and I have read articles from Harvard, a book called American Catch by Paul Greenberg, an interview with Paul Greenberg, and some other interesting facts about our fisheries through NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
Preview statement: I am going to talk about how so much of our fish in our supermarkets are from foreign countries and how if we just took the extra step in buying local or catching our own we are helping with the support of our American fisheries.
(transition: So why don't we start with knowing where our food comes from.)
(transition: There is hope though to make seafood great again and it starts now!)
Signal the end: As I wrap up my last speech let me go over again what I have discussed.
Review main points: I told you how we are eating less and less of fish that are from our waters and more from out of country and how we can flip that and keep our more nutritional fish to ourselves.
Ending kicker: So after hearing about how you should eat local caught fish you can start right here in this classroom by taking some fish caught by yours truly at the grocery store.
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Do you care about fish?
Everyone except for one person said that they cared about fish.
Have you gone out fishing before just to practice catch and release?
Three fourths of the class said that they have gone out and practiced catch and release.
Have you gone fishing and not needed to keep a fish, but you kept it anyway?
Surprisingly only people said that they kept fish when they didn't need to, but I think it is higher than that because I see people all the time catch fish that are probably just going to sit in the back of the freezer for a while.
Do you know anything about Hawaiian or Native American beliefs about fishing practices and the fish themselves?
Around thirty percent of the class new something about the different fishing cultures.
How many times have you gone fishing?
0 5 10 30 100+
|---------|---------|----------|-----------| It was split in half with a couple more not having gone fishing very much.
How much would you say you know about the life cycle of a fish?
A lot Moderate Some Very little Nothing
|-------------------|---------------|-----------------|------------------| There were clumps of people around each increment so we have a variety of people knowing different levels about fish life cycle.
How often do you not finish a plate with fish?
I don't touch it Half is left Some chunks Little bits All gone
|-------------------------|-------------------|------------------|----------------| Around sixty percent of the class said that they left little bits or the plate was empty after they were done eating. The other half didn't touch fish at all or rarely did.
How old do you think is the longest living fish is today?
The correct answer is 400 years old and surprisingly there were some people that either were on the money or a little off. One person guessed 400, one guessed 420, and five guessed 300. The other guesses started at having no clue all the way up to 5000 years old.