NOAA Fisheries Podcast Series
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.
March 30, 2016
An interview with NOAA Fisheries’ two top scientists on the West Coast.
March 10, 2016
Fewer than 100 vaquita remain, making this species of porpoise the most endangered marine mammal in the world.
January 27, 2016
An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Vera Trainer.
December 30, 2015
NOAA Fisheries scientist Bill Peterson tracks the effects of climate change, El Niño, and "The Blob" on life in the ocean.
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.
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.
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.
June 17, 2015
The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it's also among the most endangered.
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.
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.
January 28, 2015
Adding video cameras to fish traps allows scientists to get more precise abundance estimates for several important species of reef fish.
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.
October 14, 2014
An interview with Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs at NOAA Fisheries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2013
Scientists and fishermen work together to understand how walleye pollock respond to a changing environment.
May 16, 2013
Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.
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.
May 16, 2013
Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their song.