Fish Farming

A  WebQuest for Middle School or Junior High Students, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


Aquaculture is described as the cultivation of water plants or animals for human usage and is recognized as one of the world's fastest growing industries.  Do you know what the newly hatched fish are called?  Do you know what  the required differences in water temperature among different species of fish are?  Can you name some major concerns in the aquacultural industry towards predators and predator control? This WebQuest is designed to help you answer these questions and explore the fascinating world of fish farming.

Your task is to read and  explore several  aspects  of Aquaculture.  Upon completion of this task  and the assigned activities, you will have gained enough knowledge to explain the world of water farming to others  who have limited contact with this exciting field of agriculture.

Activity 1:  Debate Teams

Step 1: Work in assigned groups following the directions of your instructor.  The groups will be debating the following:

RESOLVED: That states should actively pursue re-introduction of River Otters. 

The groups labeled "Onward Otters" will research otters and other forms of natural aquatic predators.  Their job will be to debate the pros of such issues as the recent re-introduction of the otter in several areas of the U.S. and how the otter has benefited the waterways.  An  example might be the joy people get from watching the playful creatures. The groups labeled "Predator Pounders" will research the negative effects that predators have had on the aquacultural industry.  Included on this side of the debate would be the loss of time, labor and money by those involved it this industry. 

Step 2:  Groups will face off in debate fashion with one team from each category represented.   You will need to complete at least a 20 minute debate. You will be graded as per the Rubric below.  The "Onward Otters" group will argue in favor (pro) of the resolved.  The "Predator Pounders" will argue against it (con).

Step 3:  Visit the links below to learn about  the world of Aquaculture and also to learn about predators.
        Aquacultural Requirements


        Flying Predators


        Fish Grading Video Clip (When this web page comes up, you will have to click on the video download to watch!!)

Activity 2:  Graphing Exercises

Step 1: Go back to Activity 1: Step 3.  Review the Graphs.  Answer the questions about the graphs on this page.

Now that you have completed the Aquacultural WebQuest, you know that the world of farming the waters for plant or animal products has been around for centuries.  Aquaculture has been growing  in popularity here in the U.S. every year.  You will now be able to answer your own questions and those that others may ask you about this exciting subject.   

Rubric For  Projects

10 pts.
8 pts.
6 pts.
0 pts.
Actively participated in the research, preparation and delivery of the debate. Teamwork was evident. Debaters were respectful of each other's views. Shows evidence of research, preparation and delivery of debate. Good teamwork. Some attempt at research, preparation and delivery of debate. Little evidence of teamwork. No attempt.
Graphing Answered 9 or 10 questions correctly. Answered 7 or 8 questions correctly. Answered 5 or 6 questions correctly. Failed to answer at least 5 questions correctly.


This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S.

Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau. This page was developed by RaMona Andrus, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.