The Scoop on Scallops

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In this data analysis activity, learners quantify the abundance and distribution of sea scallops in and adjacent to the Mid-Atlantic closed areas. Learners use data from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to create a bar graph and analyze the effect closing the areas to fishing had on the sea scallop population. This activity guide includes discussion questions for learners to consider the value of closed areas in fisheries management.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Estimated materials cost: $1 - $5 per student
  • Age Range: Ages 14 - 18
  • Language: English

Materials List (per student)


Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Public Policy
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Lisa Ayers Lawrence; Dave Rudders


All Rights Reserved, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding sources

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association



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