Our Impact on the Ocean

Throughout history humans have relied on the ocean. It has served as transportation to new lands, provided a bounty of food, and has even been used as a receptacle for waste material. As vast as the sea is, there are limits to what can be taken from it and added to it. With the invention of the steam engine came the ability to harvest the ocean more efficiently and for days at a time.

Appropriate grade range: 9-12

Learning Goals

  • Recognize that ocean is a fragile ecosystem.
  • Analyze how the actions of people throughout history have negatively impacted the ocean and its inhabitants.
  • Infer how our actions, every day, impact the ocean and the organisms that rely on it.
  • Summarize the actions everyone can take to reduce their impact on the ocean.


  1. Fishing
  2. Pollution
  3. Climate Change
  4. Conservation

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS