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Secreto Rebollo


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

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  • Artwork

Regional Focus

Global, North America


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  • This mural by artist Secreto Rebollo depicts the emotional and physical damage of overfishing using symbolism. 
  • Students will also learn about how to take responsible action, particularly for those who continue to eat seafood.
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  • This captivating mural sheds light on the many implications of overfishing. 
  • The artist's statement gives further meaning to the mural by describing the symbolism and intended message.
  • The gallery features 22 photographs of Secreto Rebollo creating this work, including close-ups and photos that give more context to the location of the mural. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students may not be familiar with the industrial methods of fishing used today, so you may want to show them images of industrial scale trawlers, nets, and bycatch from commercial fishing.
  • It may be helpful to look at the meaning of the word litany in order to better comprehend why "Letanía" might have been chosen as a title for the work. 


  • Language arts teachers could assign persuasive writing projects that convince readers to be more responsible consumers of seafood using the artist's "Take Action" list, being sure to provide evidence of the importance. 
  • Classes could listen to this podcast about unsustainable fishing practices' negative impact on the oceans' ecosystems and discuss in groups 
  • Other resources on this topic include this mural which also highlights issues threatening marine life, this short film and lesson plan about a Yup'ik fisherman and the adjustments his people have had to make.
Scientist Notes
The resource is an artwork that describes harmful fishing practices. It raises concerns on how to limit over-exploitation of marine resources and seafood consumption. This is recommended for teaching.
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