Fish Communities: National Marine Sanctuaries

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In this data activity, learners will compare and contrast fish communities, diversity and habitats in U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries. The Marine Sanctuaries highlighted are Gray's Reef (Sapelo Island, Georgia), the Florida Keys, and Flower Garden Banks (Gulf of Mexico). Learners will use online databases to access information about fish communities that live in these sanctuaries.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rose, Laura


Funding Sources:

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association