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Bring the fishing industry into your classroom with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s curriculum materials! All materials were made by staff at the Fishing Heritage Center and meet state standards. Please contact Hannah at with any questions.

PDFiconBackground Essay Grades 4-7 

PDFicon Background Essay Grades 8-12

PDFicon It’s time to grub up 

Problem solving activity focusing on the job of a fishing vessel’s galley cook. Students demonstrate math skills to create a grub list within a predetermined budget while also comparing prices from local grocery stores in order to make the most economical choices.

PDFicon Create a menu for a local seafood restaurant 

In this interdisciplinary activity, students will create a menu for a local seafood restaurant. This project is designed to engage students creatively while also allowing them to demonstrate a variety of CCR Language skills and creative expression.

PDFicon Where do they go? 

Students practice geography and math skills while learning about their relevancy to commercial fishing such as pinpointing locations, locating habitat protection areas (restricted access areas) calculating depth and distance using measurement conversions.


Virtual Vessel Tour is currently under construction!

Various activities related to virtual vessel tour | View Tour Here

Virtual Vessel Tour Introductory Activity

Lower Deck
Fish Hold Activities

The Working Deck
Estimating weights
Scallop Anatomy
Shucking Station scallop model
Weighty Problems
Working Deck

The Wheelhouse
Compass Find Your Way
Make a Compass Rose
Make a compass
The Wheelhouse



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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