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Year in Review: Top 6 of 2016

Our six most popular stories in 2016 cover a wide variety -- from recreational fishing and aquaculture to sea turtles and seafood. Take a look.

#6 Saltwater Recreation and a Cuban Vacation

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Recreational Fishing Coordinator Sean Meehan traveled to Cuba to compete in the 66th Hemingway Fishing Tournament.

#5 The Sound of Endangered Salmon Surviving 

In drought-stricken California, scientists track migrating Chinook salmon to make the most efficient use of scarce water resources.

#4 Electronic Monitoring: Different Fisheries Require Different Solutions

Scientists and fishermen are working together to design electronic monitoring systems, but there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.

#3 Celebrating Sea Turtles: Turtle Week 2016

NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Week highlights these air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers and how we work to study and conserve them.  

#2 NOAA Expands Opportunities for U.S. Aquaculture & Q/A: Offshore Aquaculture and the Future of Sustainable Seafood

A new rule published by NOAA Fisheries in 2016 will expand 
U.S. aquaculture to the open ocean. Federal waters in the 
Gulf of Mexico, stretching from 3 to 200 hundred miles offshore, will be open for the production of sustainable seafood.

#1 NOAA Fisheries Celebrates National Seafood Month 2016

We look forward to every OctoberNational Seafood Montha great time to highlight sustainable fisheries and the smart seafood choices they provide. 2016 was no exception! We got our fill of seafood stories and videos and we hope you did too. 

 Our 'Top 6' Instagram Photos of 2016

A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you check out our Instagram account, you can see we've had quite a year. Click through the slideshow below to see which photos captured your attention the most this year.

1.) Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchlings

2.) Whale Shark

3.) Southern Resident Killer whale calf.

4.) Sperm whales kissing

5.) Killer whale family

6.) Ghostly octopod