The Reading / Listening - Jellyfish - Level 2

Scientists may have an answer to the problem of food shortages - eating jellyfish. This could also protect endangered fish and other sea life. Researchers from Australia conducted a study of fishing around the world. They found that fishing nets caught 92 endangered species of seafood and 11 species of "critically endangered" fish. The researchers said this was not illegal as the fish were not protected. Researcher Dr Leslie Robertson said: "Despite national and international commitments to protect threatened species, we actively fish for many of these threatened species."



The researchers warned we are eating sea life that is on the brink of extinction. They said eating jellyfish could help protect fish that are in danger of disappearing from our oceans. Jellyfish could become a common sight on menus. The researchers said jellyfish could be a sustainable alternative to other kinds of fish. Dr Robertson said seafood is not as sustainable as we think. She added: "It is possible to manage our fisheries sustainably and eat species that can survive the fishing pressure. We just have to care about weird-looking squishy things like sea cucumbers."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jellyfish - Level 0 Jellyfish - Level 1   or  Jellyfish - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/jellyfish-fish-and-chips-takeaway-endangered-seafood-b530261.html
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/stop-eating-threatened-seafood-and-eat-jellyfish-instead-says-scientists
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-23/jellyfish-sustainable-fishing-nutritional-delicacy-queensland/12692542


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists may have an
  2. food
  3. a study of fishing
  4. 92 endangered species
  5. researchers said this
  6. the fish were not
  7. national and international
  8. threatened
  1. protected
  2. answer
  3. species
  4. around the world
  5. commitments
  6. shortages
  7. was not illegal
  8. of seafood

Paragraph 2

  1. sea life that is on the brink
  2. eating jellyfish could help
  3. disappearing from
  4. Jellyfish could become a common
  5. a sustainable
  6. seafood is not as sustainable
  7. manage our fisheries
  8. weird-looking squishy
  1. things
  2. our oceans
  3. alternative
  4. as we think
  5. of extinction
  6. sustainably
  7. protect fish
  8. sight on menus

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists may (1) ___________________ to the problem of food shortages - eating jellyfish. This (2) ___________________ endangered fish and other sea life. Researchers from Australia (3) ___________________ of fishing around the world. They found that fishing nets caught 92 endangered (4) ___________________ and 11 species of "critically endangered" fish. The researchers said this was (5) ___________________ the fish were not protected. Researcher Dr Leslie Robertson said: "Despite national and international commitments to protect threatened species, we (6) ___________________ many of these threatened species."

The researchers warned we are eating sea life that is on the (7) ___________________. They said eating jellyfish could help protect fish that are (8) ___________________ disappearing from our oceans. Jellyfish could become (9) ___________________ on menus. The researchers said jellyfish could be a sustainable alternative to other kinds of fish. Dr Robertson said seafood is not (10) ___________________ we think. She added: "It is possible to manage our fisheries sustainably and eat species (11) ___________________ the fishing pressure. We just have to care about weird-looking (12) ___________________ sea cucumbers."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsmayhaveananswertotheproblemoffoodshortages-eatingj
ellyfish.Thiscouldalsoprotectendangeredfishandothersealife.Resear
chersfromAustraliaconductedastudyoffishingaroundtheworld.Theyf
oundthatfishingnetscaught92endangeredspeciesofseafoodand11sp
eciesof"criticallyendangered".Theresearcherssaidthiswasnotillegal
asthefishwerenotprotected.ResearcherDrLeslieRobertsonsaid:"Des
pitenationalandinternationalcommitmentstoprotectthreatenedspec
ies,weactivelyfishformanyofthesethreatenedspecies."Theresearche
rswarnedweareeatingsealifethatisonthebrinkofextinction.Theysaid
eatingjellyfishcouldhelpprotectfishthatareindangerofdisappearingfr
omouroceans.Jellyfishcouldbecomeacommonsightonmenus.Theres
earcherssaidjellyfishcouldbeasustainablealternativetootherkindsoff
ish.DrRobertsonsaidseafoodisnotassustainableaswethink.Sheadde
d:"Itispossibletomanageourfisheriessustainablyandeatspeciesthatc
ansurvivethefishingpressure.Wejusthavetocareaboutweird-lookin
gsquishythingslikeseacucumbers."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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