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On the Line is a NOAA Fisheries podcast about marine fish and wildlife and their ocean habitats, with stories told by the people who study, manage, and protect these valuable resources on behalf of the American public. Each podcast comes with photos and a short Web feature story.

Listen in to find out who's on the line.

Putting the World in World Sea Turtle Day

June 10, 2016

An interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist and sea turtle scientist Manjula Tiwari.


Tracking El Niño and its Effects on Life in the Ocean

March 30, 2016

An interview with NOAA Fisheries’ two top scientists on the West Coast.


Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction?

March 10, 2016

Fewer than 100 vaquita remain, making this species of porpoise the most endangered marine mammal in the world.


Harmful Algal Blooms: A Sign of Things to Come?

January 27, 2016

An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Vera Trainer.


On the Front Lines of Climate Change in the Ocean

December 30, 2015

NOAA Fisheries scientist Bill Peterson tracks the effects of climate change, El Niño, and "The Blob" on life in the ocean.


UAV Reveals Killer Whales in Striking Detail

October 21, 2015

Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals.


Fisheries in a Changing Climate

August 25, 2015

Climate change is already having a big effect on our fisheries. In this podcast, Roger Griffis, climate change coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, discusses the challenges and the opportunities ahead.


White Abalone, What Turns You On?

August 10, 2015

To save endangered white abalone, scientists are working to breed them in captivity. But first they have to figure out how to turn white abalone on.


Saving the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle

June 17, 2015

The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it's also among the most endangered.


Sea Lion Strandings – The View from the Rookery

April 30, 2015

NOAA Fisheries wildlife biologist Sharon Melin describes conditions at the sea lion rookeries on the Channel Islands, where pups are going hungry because unusually warm water along the Pacific coast has made it more difficult for their mothers to find food.


Listening for Cod in the Gulf of Maine

March 19, 2015

Scientists and fishermen are working together to locate spawning aggregations of Atlantic cod. The goal is to allow cod and fishermen to each go about their business separately.


When Estimating Fish Populations, Seeing is Believing

January 28, 2015

Adding video cameras to fish traps allows scientists to get more precise abundance estimates for several important species of reef fish.


Sea Turtles Rescued from the Cold

December 23, 2014

A record number of sea turtles have stranded after being cold-stunned this fall. The Sea Turtle Stranding Network is bringing them in from the cold.


An End to Overfishing

October 14, 2014

An interview with Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs at NOAA Fisheries.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Offers a New View of Killer Whales

October 7, 2014

For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above. This gives scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species.


White Shark Recovery

August 7, 2014

New research reveals that Atlantic white sharks, which were hunted indiscriminately for almost two decades following the release of the movie Jaws, have slowly been making a comeback.


Gray Whale Calves Born in Big Numbers

July 17, 2014

NOAA Fisheries scientists keep track of how many gray whale calves are born each winter, and it looks like this was a banner year for calf production.


For Rescued Sea Turtle Eggs, A Slim Chance at Survival

June 18, 2014

NOAA Fisheries veterinarian, Brian Stacy, describes a very unusual attempt to rescue the eggs of a sea turtle that was hit and killed by a boat.


Antarctic Minke Whales, Mystery Soundmakers of the Southern Ocean

April 23, 2014

Scientists have discovered the source of the "bio-duck" sound, a strange noise that has mystified scientists and submarine captains in the ocean off Antarctica for decades.


How to Disentangle a Tangled Up Whale

March 29, 2014

Every year, scores of whales become entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network works to save them.


A Changing Climate in Fisheries Management

February 13, 2014

How will we manage fish populations as the climate changes? NOAA Fisheries biologist John Manderson is working on one small piece of the puzzle.


Killer in Distress

December 23, 2013

Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.


Feeds of the Future

November 4, 2013

To ensure a sustainable future for aquaculture, scientists are developing alternative aquaculture feeds that use few or no ingredients from wild caught fish.


The Giant Oarfish

October 24, 2013

A NOAA biologist who necropsied this strange and mysterious fish shares his theory of how two of them ended up on the beach.


Blinded by the Noise—Whales and Dolphins in a Noisy Ocean

September 3, 2013

Many marine mammals use hearing to find their way through the world. But parts of the ocean are filling up with man-made noise, and that has the potential to leave them partially blinded. The CETSOUND project might help.


Hooked On Sharks

August 4, 2013

Can a special type of hook called a circle hook help vulnerable shark populations to recover? Scientists and fishermen team up to find out.


Seafood Fraud—Detection and Prevention

July 17, 2013

Learn how NOAA's Seafood Inspection Program is working to help ensure that the seafood you buy is what the seller claims it is.


The Case of the Dead Dolphin

June 27, 2013

When a NOAA marine biologist performs a necropsy on a dolphin that washed up dead on the beach, she’s not only monitoring the health of marine mammals. She’s monitoring human health as well.


Keeping An Eye On Pollock

June 3, 2013

Scientists and fishermen work together to understand how walleye pollock respond to a changing environment.


The Keratin Connection: A Breakthrough in Sea Turtle Research

May 16, 2013

Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.


Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing

May 16, 2013

As NOAA biologists work to re-establish runs of coho salmon in California, they aim to bring back some of the diversity of the wild populations that once thrived there.


To Protect Fin Whales, Scientists Work on Their Listening Skills

May 16, 2013

Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their song.