A "Key" to Alaskan Fish ID
In 2015, Cristina Veresan sailed on a Midwater Assessment and Conservation Engineering Program (MACE) research cruise, which was conducting a walleye pollock acoustic trawl survey in the Gulf of Alaska. Learn more about Cristina’s experience aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson by reading her NOAA Teacher at Sea blogs.
Grade Level: 5-7th grade
Subjects (Focus/Topic): Life Science, Biology – marine organisms, taxonomic key, field guides,
Average Learning Time: two, 45-minute periods
Description: Students will be able to design a taxonomic key using proper anatomic terms that can be used to identify ten specific Alaskan fish species with 100% accuracy. Students will be able to use a taxonomic key to identify organisms with 100% accuracy.