Northwest Fisheries Science Center

The Hunt for Killer Algae

Recommended for:

Grades 7-12


A series of eight lessons (Harmful Algal Bloom Hunter's Handbook) and a related video about phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms along the West Coast. These lessons were developed to meet the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements.

What's Inside:

Download the Harmful Algal Bloom Hunter's Handbook (PDF 2.34 Mb)

View segments of the Science at Sea Video - The Hunt for Killer Algae

Additional HAB resources:

Phytoplankton Playing Cards (PDF 683 KB | 3.5 MB )
Play with these cards to learn more about harmful algae that live in Pacific Northwest waters. Print off 4 double-sided copies of this PDF to create a full deck of 52 playing cards.

Phytoplankton Identification sheet
Use this 2-sided sheet to identify many species of plankton that you might find in a local marine water sample

SEA Times Newsletter
The SEA Times, "Science Education Asea", articles feature stories from both crew and scientists aboard the Research Vessel Melville during their research cruise. Follow along to learn more about the science as well as the joys and frustrations of life at sea.