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Biology Project: Gone Fishing
In this activity, students investigate the question "What influences fish populations in the ocean?", by exploring the role of phytoplankton in a marine food web and how physical factors in the environment affect living communities. They interview scientists and form a hypothesis, collect and analyze data, and prepare an article for a ficticious magazine. Links are provided to teachers' tips, and additional information and resources. Study questions and a quiz are also included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
Some parts of activity require Flash plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restrictions information are unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-008-923
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Rutgers University Marine and Coastal Sciences
Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory

Contact: Janice McDonnell
Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory Classroom

Contact: Eric Simms
Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory Classroom