Sealing the Deal
The Grey Seal Problem in the U.S. Northeast
Department of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis
This case study uses a PowerPoint-driven approach combined with role-playing to explore issues surrounding the grey seal population off the coast of New England, specifically Chatham, Massachusetts. After gathering information, the students take the part of Chatham City council members and are asked to make a recommendation to Senator Jack Kenny (a fictional individual) on how to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Originally developed for a course in biodiversity conservation, the case could also be used in introductory ecology, environmental management, and environmental ethics courses.
KeywordsGrey seal; seals; Marine Mammal Protection Act; Atlantic salmon, Endangered Species Act; biodiversity; Chatham; Massachusetts
Topical AreasPolicy issues, Regulatory issues, Social issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision, Role-Play
Subject HeadingsEcology | Environmental Science | Wildlife Management |
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