What’s The Catch investigates the impact our increasing demand for seafood is having on our local and global ecologies and threatened species.
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29 Sep 2014 - 11:31 AM  UPDATED 16 Oct 2015 - 2:18 PM

The What’s The Catch Learn interactive resources are designed to complement the television series and encourage young people to engage in the themes it raises.

The site provides short clip excerpts from the series, further research, opinions from environmental organisations, media tools and engaging active citizenship.

To make it as easy as possible for you, the teacher, to use these resources in the classroom we have provided some additional information on:

  • classroom discussion ideas and lesson plans
  • how these resources align with the curriculum

You can also view these What's the Catch Teacher notes in PDF

If your educational institution has a Screenrights licence, you can download What’s The Catch resources for use in class by clicking here

Australian Curriculum
Aligned to secondary school self-directed student learning

Subject areas
Geography, Science (Biology), Technology (Food), Civics and Citizenship

Learning Level
Years 5-6, Years 7-10 and Years 11-12

Televised documentary series (3 x 60 mins episodes)
Six topical issues (two per episode)
Clips for the series (per issue)
Expert opinions
Factual information
Research links

Our increasing appetite for seafood
Australian cooked seafood labelling regulation
Wild caught vs farmed prawns, salmon and tuna
Feeding the world’s growing population
Nutrition and protein sources
Adapting industry practices to our food demands
Seafood industry
Ecological resource management

Classroom Discussion Ideas

  • Australia is an island continent surrounded by oceans yet we import 70% of our seafood. How and why is this the case.
  • In Australia we have regulation for the labelling of uncooked seafood but not cooked seafood. What are the implications of this for the consumer and for biodiversity?
  • How did prawns become so cheap! Investigate the differences between Australian and Thai prawn-farming practices.
  • What is sustainability? Examine sustainability in relation to wild-caught, ranching and farming fish techniques.
  • Feeding future global populations promises to be a challenge. What prospects do farmed algae hold as a sustainably farmed protein source for human consumption?
  • The Australian Government inquiry into the current requirements for labelling of seafood and seafood products released its final report on 27 October 2014. The implications of which will have significant impact on consumer choice, the seafood industry, threatened species and the environment. For up to date information visit the Parliament of Australia website for current requirements for labelling of seafood products

Lesson Plans

The series contains six main issues – two per episode.

Each issue contains information and media directly relating to the issue topic.

The following lesson plans are designed for classroom application of one issue.

The plan is easily adapted for repeated use across all six issues.

Combining all six issues creates a syllabus unit of study (six 45-minute lessons)

Quick Dip – 15-minute Lesson Starter

  • Select an issue
  • Watch the issue clip
  • Discuss (see Ideas above)

Scale Up – 30-minute Lesson

  • Select an issue
  • Watch the issue clip
  • Read, discuss and interact with Q1, Q2 and Q3
  • Discuss (see Ideas above)

Hook, Line and Sinker – 45-minute Lesson

  • Select an issue
  • Watch the issue clip
  • Read, discuss and interact with Q1, Q2 and Q3
  • Discuss (see Ideas above)
  • Collectively choose an Action (See Q4)


Curriculum References for Years 5–10

Australian Curriculum: Geography
Australian Curriculum: Science
Australian Curriculum: Technologies (Food)
Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship

Curriculum References for Years 11–12

Teachers of students in Years 11 and 12 please refer to your state curriculum in your subject area to ascertain direct syllabus application.

Curriculum Pointers

Cross-curricula priority: Sustainability
Sustainability priority is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action.

The Australian Curriculum: Geography
Through the concept of sustainability students explore how the environmental functions that support their life and wellbeing can be sustained.

Year 7 - Water resource management
Year 8 - Biotic life; food production
Year 9 - Biomes; biodiversity; natural and agricultural ecosystems
Year 10 - Environmental sustainability; human-induced environmental change; and sustainability status of Australian and world oceanic environments

The Australian Curriculum: Science
Through the priority of sustainability science provides the basis for decision making in many areas of society and that these decisions can impact on the Earth system.

Year 5 - Living things and adaptations
Year 6 - Growth and survival of living things in their environment
Year 7 - Food chains webs and human activity
Year 8 - Structures and functions of living things
Year 9 - Interdependent ecosystems
Year 10 - Evolution and diversity

Year 11 - Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life
Year 12 - Heredity and continuity of life

Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies
Actions to improve sustainability are both individual and collective endeavours shared across local, regional and global communities.

Year 5 - Sustainable resource management in food production
Year 6 - Food production and distribution
Year 7 - Food production in dynamic and interactive systems
Year 8 - Food processing, preparation and presentation for healthy eating
Year 9 - Complex processes and decisions in global preferred futures
Year 10 - Food security and sustainable food production

The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship
Civic and political activity in generating more sustainable patterns of living - political, environmental, social, cultural and economic systems, and their interdependence.

  • Rights and responsibilities of citizens
  • Ways in which individuals, groups and governments exert influence on civic debate and citizen engagement
  • Values that are the foundation of democracy
  • Freedom of expression
  • Government by the people
  • Responsibility, accountability and common good

Do you want a free download of What’s the Catch for use in class?

SBS has partnered with EnhanceTV to provide free downloads of What’s The Catch. Downloads from EnhanceTV can only be made by institutions with a Screenrights licence. EnhanceTV is a subsidiary of Screenrights, the non-profit organisation that licenses educational institutions to copy from television and radio and to put copied programs (such as What’s The Catch) on an intranet, email them and manage them using a digital system. You can copy any amount – five minutes or an entire episode, make one copy or 20, it’s up to you. You can make copies anywhere, in any format.

You can make the following uses of What’s The Catch copies:

• Show them in class

• Keep them in the library as an ongoing resource

• Store them on a network for staff and students

• Email them to staff and students

• Show them on an electronic whiteboard

Nearly all schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia have a Screenrights licence. For more information about the licence ask your librarian or go to www.screenrights.org

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