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2012

  • False Killer Whale Announcements - Nov 21: NOAA Fisheries announces endangered species listing for false killer whale and publishes a plan to reduce bycatch in Hawaii's longline fisheries. Photo credit: Robin Baird, Cascadia Research. See what's hot.
  • ICCAT Adopts Key Conservation Measures - Nov 20: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting with significant advances to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and support rebuilding of bluefin tuna and marlin stocks.
  • Herring Recovery at Plymouth Rock - Nov 20: A herring recovery story for Thanksgiving: roughly 150,000 herring will be swimming up Town Brook in Massachusetts to get to Billington Sea this spring.
  • Meet NOAA's Office Of Law Enforcement - Nov 16: Take a closer look at NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement and see how they play an important role in protecting and conserving our nation's living marine resources and their habitat.
  • Fishery Disaster Declaration for NJ & NY Announced - Nov 16: Dr. Rebecca Blank, Acting Secretary of Commerce, announces a fishery disaster declaration for New Jersey and New York due to the impacts of Sandy. The declaration applies to affected communities in New Jersey and New York.
  • Tackling Seafood Fraud - Nov 15: Find out how NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement helps tackle seafood fraud.
  • United States and Morocco Shake Hands - Nov 13: The U.S. signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morocco that sets the stage for collaboration on ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management and sustainable marine aquaculture.
  • ICCAT Meeting to Conserve and Manage Key Species - Nov 13: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) starts its annual meeting in Agadir, Morocco to consider conservation measures for a variety of Atlantic marine species.
  • Moving Forward, Protecting Our Marine Resources - Nov 8: NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement confronts crimes against marine mammals, smuggling operations, international conspiracies and local fraud every day to protect our nation's living marine resources.
  • Meet a Fourth Generation Fisherman from Maine - Nov 7: Meet Terry Alexander, a fourth generation fisherman from Harpswell, Maine, who is collaborating with other fishermen, scientists, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to help revive redfish fishing.
  • Taking a Closer Look at Redfish - Nov 7: Check out our new redfish seafood profile on FishWatch.
  • Putting Local Fish Back On Our Plates - Nov 7: The Gulf Maine Research Institute has a new project called "Out of the Blue" which helps introduce lesser-known seafood to stagnant palates, while getting the market to demand this seafood.
  • Time to Cast Your Vote: Pollock vs. Snapper - Oct 12: Which tasty fish would you like to see featured as the Teacher At Sea Photo of the Week: Alaskan Pollock or Red Snapper? The choice is yours.
  • Chat About Right Whales With Our Scientists - Nov 2: Have questions about right whales? Why not ask a biologist? Join our live chat on Twitter, Thursday, November 8, at 2 p.m. EST.
  • Working Together to End IUU Fishing - Nov 2: Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens the sustainability of our ocean ecosystems and fisheries. Combating IUU fishing is one of NOAA Fisheries’ top priorities.
  • Listening for Change in the Arctic - Oct 31: New developments in acoustic technology mean that scientists can use sound to closely monitor changes in the marine ecosystem.
  • The Science Behind Whale Recovery in Alaska - Oct 26: How do we help recover whales in Alaska? Watch our new video to find out.
  • 40 Facts for 40 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals - Oct 26: Read our 40 Facts for 40 Years in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • New Grants to Foster Sustainable Fisheries Ideas This is the Exit Disclaimer icon - Oct 24: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the third round of grants available from its NOAA-funded Fisheries Innovation Fund, fostering the design and implementation of new, inventive ideas for sustainable fisheries.
  • Marine Mammals on the Move - Oct 24: If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video must be worth a million words. Spend some time with whales, dolphins, seals and more.
  • New Exhibit Brings You Face to Face With An Orca - Oct 24: In the Pacific Northwest, scientists know each Southern Resident killer whale by name. While the loss of an individual whale leaves a hole in their tight knit family group, it also allows scientists to fill data gaps on marine mammals.
  • Co-management Strengthens Marine Mammal Science - Oct 23: Do you know how NOAA Fisheries works with Alaska Native subsistence hunters to provide scientific support for co-management of seals, sea lions, fur seals, and whales in Alaska?
  • Celebrating 40 Years of Marine Mammal Protection - Oct 23: The Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted 40 years ago this week on October 21, 1972. All marine mammals are protected under this Act.
  • Reflecting on 40 Years of Marine Mammal Protection - Oct 22: The Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries reflects upon 40 years of successful marine mammal protection and considers the immense challenges ahead.
  • Migrating Gray Whales Slowly Reveal Their Secrets - Oct 17: Recently scientists were surprised to discover that some gray whales from a critically endangered population cross the Pacific every year to winter off the coast of North America.
  • Meet the New King of American Seafood - Oct 18: Curious about the new King of American Seafood? NOAA Fisheries talks to the winner of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off.
  • Teacher At Sea Dishes on Pollock Acoustic Survey - Oct 17: Like fish sticks? Teacher at Sea Johanna Mendillo saw a lot of the fish stick fish helping NOAA scientists study Alaska pollock on the NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson.
  • Inspecting Seafood—A Highly Trained Nose Knows - Oct 15: How does NOAA help ensure seafood is safe and high-quality? Learn more from an expert. Photo Credit: Bill Haber/AP
  • NOAA Fisheries Education - Oct 11: NOAA Fisheries Education Program
  • Making Sense of Fish Stock Assessment Models - Oct 10: How do we make sure our nation's fisheries are sustainable and productive? It starts with fish stock assessment modeling—combining data to evaluate fish stock health necessary to inform fisheries management decisions.
  • The Surprising Sources of Your Favorite Seafoods - Oct 10: Our top ten favorite seafoods in the United States haven't changed much in the past several years, but you might be surprised at where they come from.
  • New Proposal to Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks - Oct 9: The United States co-sponsors a proposal to add oceanic whitetip sharks to Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
  • Methot Named Science Advisor for Stock Assessments - Oct 9: NOAA Fisheries announces Dr. Rick Methot as the first NOAA Science Advisor for Stock Assessments. One of Dr. Methot's priorities will be facilitating a national approach to stock assessments across the agency.
  • Aerial Drones Give Scientists a New Perspective - Oct 3: What will help launch a whole new era of marine mammal research? Aerial drones help biologist Wayne Perryman and other NOAA scientists study animals and ecosystems in a whole new way.
  • Getting to the Bottom of Marine Mammal Crimes - Oct 3: Special agents and enforcement officers with NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement investigate crimes against marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month.
  • Coral "Hotspots" Discovered Off Northeast Coast - Oct 1: NOAA researchers explored deepwater canyons off the northeastern U.S. in search of deep-sea corals and sponges and found coral “hotspots” that likely serve as important habitat for a variety of fish species and other marine life.
  • Through the Eyes of Killer Whales - Oct 1: This fall, thousands of students will experience how killer whales feed, communicate, and travel the waterways they call home through the interactive Killer Whale Tales Program.
  • Estuaries—Habitat of the Month - Sept 27: What's the place where fresh water meets salt water? Estuaries contain habitat needed by fish, wildlife, and people. To celebrate National Estuary Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, find out more about our work restoring estuaries.
  • Ocean Acidification: A Scientist's Perspective - Sept 26: How does more acidic seawater threaten the health of our oceans and the economics of our coastal communities? Learn more about the impacts of ocean acidification from a NOAA scientist.
  • New Research: Climate Impacts on Marine Predators - Sept 24: What happens when marine animals at the top of the food chain start to feel the impacts of climate change? This week Nature Climate Change features the results of research led by NOAA Fisheries scientist Elliott Hazen.
  • New Video—Exploring U.S. Aquaculture - Sept 20: What's aquaculture like in the United States? Watch this video to find out.
  • Scientists Develop Alternative Aquaculture Feeds - Sept 20: Researchers from NOAA and the US Department of Agriculture have been working on sustainable ingredients for fish feed. A report released this month, The Future of Aquafeeds, details their progress.
  • Statistical Report Card for U.S. Fisheries Posted - Sept 19: Wondering about the state of U.S. fisheries? NOAA Fisheries' annual report gives you the breakdown.
  • Leadership Highlights U.S. Fisheries Statistics - Sept 19: NOAA Fisheries posts a statistical yearbook, Fisheries of the U.S., 2011, filled with facts and figures about our domestic fisheries from 2011.
  • NOAA Finds Record Highs in Sea Surface Temperature - Sept 18: NOAA reports sea surface temperatures along the Northeast Continental Shelf were the highest ever recorded during the first six months of 2012.
  • The Science Behind What Sharks Eat - Sept 14: Scientists examine the stomach contents of shortfin mako, blue, and common thresher sharks to identify differences in foraging preferences across species and better understand impacts of environmental conditions based on these differences.
  • Disaster Determinations for Commercial Fisheries - Sept 13: Today, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued disaster determinations for commercial fishery failures in the Northeast, Alaska, and in Mississippi.
  • Teacher at Sea Studies the Science Behind Sharks - Sept 11: Teacher at Sea Steven Frantz shares highlights of his scientific cruise studying sharks and snappers on the 300th research mission of NOAA Ship Oregon II.
  • Military Veterans Help Restore Fish Habitat - Sept 5: NOAA Fisheries and California Conservation Corps train veterans in habitat restoration in California. The project will increase spawning and rearing habitat for endangered coho salmon populations and help boost Chinook and steelhead trout.
  • Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine - Sept 4: Habitat restoration is an economic engine. Watch this video and find out how restoration projects boost our economy with jobs that can't be outsourced and create a positive impact for future generations.
  • Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue - Aug 31: NOAA Fisheries awards 39 grants to participants of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network to respond to sick, injured, or stranded marine mammals and investigate health concerns for these populations in the wild.
  • Funding Innovative Research to Reduce Bycatch - Aug 29: Through the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries provides funds critical to key researchers and fishermen for the research and development of innovative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch.
  • Restoration Turns Landfill into Productive Wetland - Aug 29: The Lincoln Park restoration project in Jersey City, New Jersey turned a once-barren landfill into a functioning wetland, teeming with fish, birds, and other wildlife.
  • Bering Sea Skates Are Key To Alaska's Ecosystems - Aug 28: NOAA scientists propose six areas in the eastern Bering Sea as habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs) for skates. Skates are important indicators of the health of Alaska's ecosystems.
  • Aquaculture Techniques Help Conserve White Abalone - Aug 27: A captive breeding program for endangered white abalone uses aquaculture techniques to establish a self-sustaining white abalone population in the wild.
  • New Survey Tool Shows Juvenile Scallop Abundance - Aug 24: NOAA researchers have seen high numbers of young sea scallops in Mid-Atlantic using the newest version of the HabCam, dubbed "the Seahorse" for its spiny profile. The tool gives a comprehensive view of the ocean floor.
  • Restoring Fish Habitat in Oregon Creates Jobs - Aug 23: Watershed and fish habitat restoration in Oregon boosts local economies, with jobs that can’t be outsourced. Restoration projects create demand for local businesses and provide long term benefits to the environment and the economy.
  • Marine Aquaculture Critical to Seafood Supply - Aug 21: Fostering the development of marine aquaculture helps to supply safe seafood for people, support domestic wild fisheries, preserve and rebuild threatened and endangered species, and restore marine habitat.
  • Understanding the Elusive Giant Pacific Octopus - Aug 17: Just when you thought it was going to be another shark, we'll throw you an octopus. At NOAA Fisheries, every week isn't just Shark Week, it's also Octopus Week.
  • Twitter #SharkChat @NOAALive with Shark Scientist - Aug 16: NOAA shark scientist Trey Driggers will answer questions live on Twitter this Thursday, August 16, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Trey conducts research on all kinds of sharks.
  • Circle Hooks: The Preferred Thresher Catcher? - Aug 15: NOAA scientists, anglers, and other institutions observe how thresher sharks are caught and released in Southern California—the key to long term conservation of the common thresher shark.
  • Sawfish—Cousins of the Shark - Aug 15: Sawfish have skeletons made of cartilage and shark-like bodies and gills. But during the past decade, these creatures have faced dramatic decline due to habitat loss and capture in fisheries.
  • Sutter Named New Director of Habitat Conservation - Aug 15: Buck Sutter was recently named the Director for the Office of Habitat Conservation at NOAA Fisheries.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - Aug 14: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay’s fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.
  • Shark Mythbusters - Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Dive into the Deep End of Shark Conservation - Aug 13: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries works to conserve and manage shark populations domestically and internationally.
  • Shark Feature Stories - Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Shark Tales—Adventures With A Shark Scientist - Aug 9: Ever wonder what it's like to study sharks for a living? NOAA Fisheries shark scientist Trey Driggers gives us details about his work.
  • Successful Tag Recovery from Huge Bluefin Tuna - Aug 8: NOAA scientists tagged an 8-foot, 400-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Florida and retrieved the drifting tag at sea south of New York three months later. The data on this tag will provide rich details from the high seas adventures of one big tuna.
  • New Technology Helps Predict Harmful Algal Blooms - Aug 8: NOAA scientists use advanced technology to predict harmful algal blooms and provide warnings to aquaculture and other businesses.
  • Gloucester Mussel Farming Project Underway - Aug 6: NOAA Fisheries provided a grant earlier this year to support a mussel farm in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts to engage local fishermen in aquaculture.
  • Captain Brings Fishermen to Striped Bass and More - July 31: Capt. Kalil Boghdan of Hamilton, Massachusetts, brings small groups of anglers on his shallow-draft outboard vessel to fish for striped bass and bluefish off the North Shore of Massachusetts.
  • Meet Bill Dewey, Shellfish Farmer - July 30: Meet Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington, and hear his thoughts on how aquaculture is playing a growing role in our economy and local culture.
  • Teacher at Sea Studies Marine Protected Areas - July 30: NOAA Fisheries' Teacher at Sea Marsha Skoczek shares highlights of her research cruise studying Marine Protected Areas off the Southeast Atlantic Coast.
  • A New Way to Classify Marine Habitat - July 30: NOAA announces a new standard language for characterizing habitats that has the potential to revolutionize how scientists study and manage our coasts, oceans, and Great Lakes.
  • Casitas Endanger Lobster Habitat in Florida Keys - July 30: Casitas are artificial habitats that aid lobster poaching and destroy the seagrass beds and hardbottom communities that lobsters, fish, and other marine life need to survive. NOAA law enforcement works to remove these illegal structures.
  • Trawl Gear Modification—Preserving Fish Habitat - July 26: NOAA Fisheries scientists work with the Alaska Seafood Cooperative and flatfish fishing industry members to modify trawl gear, maintaining catch rates while protecting bottom habitat in the Bering Sea. Photo Credit: Diana Evans.
  • Five Fish Desperate for Healthy Habitat - July 24: Healthy habitat is the foundation for abundant fisheries and marine life. What five fish are desperate for healthy habitat? Find out which ones are on the list.
  • Northwest Science Center Deputy Director Announced - July 24: Today Dr. Mark Strom was announced as the permanent Northwest Fisheries Science Center Deputy Director.
  • Award-Winning Scientist Pioneers Turtle Research - July 23: Dr. Kyle S. Van Houtan, NOAA Fisheries research ecologist, was honored by the White House with a prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research on climate effects on sea turtles populations.
  • Rivers—Habitat of the Month - July 23: Our country has more than 250,000 rivers spanning 3.5 million miles. Fish populations need habitat in good condition. Migrating fish like salmon, shad, alewives, and sturgeon need access to healthy freshwater habitat for spawning and rearing.
  • The Science Behind Restoring the Elwha - July 20: What is NOAA Fisheries role in restoring the Elwha River? What type of science goes into restoring a river? Watch this video to see first-hand the science involved.
  • Economic and Conservation Benefits of Catch Shares - July 19: The results from the first year of the West Coast Catch Share Program are in. Revenues are up, bycatch is down, and fishing is extended later in the season.
  • Exploring Climate Impacts on Coastal Cultures - July 18: NOAA and partners explore how climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures during the First Stewards symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
  • Three Ways You Are Connected to Deep-Sea Coral - July 16: In what ways are you connected to deep-sea corals? Why should you care about protecting them?
  • Healthy Habitat Foundation of Abundant Fisheries - July 16: At NOAA Fisheries, we are charged with taking care of our nation’s fish and living marine resources. But healthy marine life depends on healthy habitat—the places where these animals feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young.
  • Meet Springer—One Orca Who Overcame the Odds - July 13: An orphaned killer whale calf, Springer, was rescued from Puget Sound and returned to her family in Canada in 2002. This summer, she has been sighted again.
  • HabCam—A New Way to Survey Scallop Habitat - July 11: The Habitat Camera Mapping System snaps up to 500,000 images of the sea floor per day, taking roughly six images per second. Learn how this tool is helping provide better estimates for Atlantic sea scallops surveys without harming habitat.
  • Four Weird Ways to Restore Habitat - July 10: Discover several interesting and some weird ways that NOAA Fisheries is working to restore habitat for our nation's coastal ecosystems. 
  • Eagle Lives Thanks to NOAA Law Enforcement Officer - July 3: NOAA Fisheries Law Enforcement Officer Noah Meisenheimer stepped in and helped rescue an eagle who was caught in a rising tide in Ninilchik, Alaska.
  • NOAA Helps Indonesian Team Protect Sea Turtles - July 2: NOAA scientists and an Indonesian turtle monitoring team study leatherback sea turtle nesting populations in Papua, Indonesia, to learn more about population decline factors to protect this endangered species.
  • Bullard Named Northeast Regional Administrator - July 2: Today John K. Bullard was named the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office.
  • Last Annual Catch Limit Put in Place - July 2: On June 29, 2012, a significant milestone was achieved when NOAA Fisheries approved the last Fishery Management Plan amendment putting annual catch limits and accountability measures into place.
  • Teacher at Sea Helps Scientists Study Right Whales - June 28: NOAA Teacher at Sea Ellen O’Donnell shares incredible highlights of her research cruise studying North Atlantic Right Whales.
  • International Whaling Commission Meeting Gears Up - June 26: NOAA helps promote U.S. positions including the rights and needs of aboriginal subsistence whalers and whale conservation activities at the 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Panama City, Panama.
  • Karp Named as NE Fisheries Science Center Director - June 26: Dr. Karp's scientific expertise includes fisheries acoustics, survey design and innovation, bycatch assessment and management, and fishery-dependent data collection and interpretation. 
  • National Observer Program Annual Report Released - June 25: NOAA Fisheries releases the National Observer Program Annual Peport which shares nationwide statistics about number of sea days observed, activities, accomplishments, and goals for the observer program.
  • Regional Fishery Council Appointments Announced - June 25: U.S. Commerce Department announces the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA's Fisheries Service to manage ocean fisheries.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - June 21: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay’s fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.
  • Dolphin SMART Businesses Protect Dolphins - June 12: Protecting dolphins and their coastal homes is crucial for conservation efforts and economic sustainability of dolphin-viewing businesses.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - June 2012 - June 11: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, highlights our international engagement activities which include a broad spectrum of initiatives dedicated to addressing global stewardship.
  • Dam Removal Kicks Off Access to 1,000 River Miles - June 11: This dam removal kicks off a larger effort to improve access to nearly 1,000 miles of river habitat on Maine's Penobscot River, improving access for 11 species of migratory fish, such as endangered Atlantic salmon, sturgeon, and river herring.
  • Bering Sea Research Reveals Changing Ecosystems - June 6: NOAA and partners conduct new research in the Bering Sea to examine how ecosystem changes are affecting our fisheries.
  • Building a Community Supported Fisheries Network - June 4: Commercial fishermen, fishing communities, and other organizations met in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to broaden the success of community supported fishery programs.
  • Restored Fish Passage Equals Record Fish Runs - June 4: After replacing culverts that block fish passage, Connecticut's Bride Brook saw record fish runs—275,000 fish swam through the new culvert this spring. The restoration project allowed fish to swim upstream for the first time in more than a decade.
  • US-EU Share Vision for Sustainable Fisheries - May 30: EU Ambassador William E. Kennard welcomes NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, this week in Brussels to address the European Parliament and speak to Regional Fisheries Management Organization leaders on international cooperation.
  • Turtle Bycatch Experiments Empower Students - May 29: Students have unique opportunity to work with NOAA Fisheries scientists to protect turtles from the impacts of fishing gear in Baja California, Mexico.
  • Making Sense of Fish Stock Assessments - May 23: NOAA Fisheries’ scientific stock assessments are key to fisheries management. They provide high-quality information to fisheries managers on the current status of fish stocks and future trends in fisheries productivity.
  • Crimes Against Marine Mammals—New Exhibit Opens - May 22: NOAA Fisheries and the Crime Museum open new exhibit "Crimes Against Marine Mammals," celebrating 40 years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and highlighting Act violations, investigations, and protection measures.
  • Teacher at Sea Gets Video Send Off from Students - May 21: Before NOAA Teacher at Sea Kristy Weaver sets sail on the R/V Savannah for an 8 day reef fish cruise this week, her excited first grade class created a video trailer for the trip. Take a look.
  • Restoring Michigan Wetlands and Shoreline Pays Off - May 16: May is American Wetlands Month, and in Muskegon, Michigan, NOAA is working to restore wetlands and stabilize shorelines at 10 separate locations.
  • Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries - May 14: A record number of fish stocks are declared rebuilt in 2011, bringing us closer to our goal of turning the corner on ending overfishing.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - May 2012 - May 14: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, shares some good news on 2011 Status of the Stocks report to Congress.
  • Schwaab Addresses 6th World Fisheries Congress - May 11: Eric Schwaab delivered closing remarks at the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined "Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World." More than 1,300 delegates from 65 countries attended.
  • Scalloping—A Big and Growing Business - May 7: NOAA announces scallop catch will fund 13 cooperative research projects between fishermen and NOAA scientists. Bob Keese, a scallop fisherman out of Chatham, Massachusetts, discusses harvesting sea scallops and the industry.
  • Fishermen Sell Local Catch at Farmers Markets - May 7: Meet Ann and Capt. Richard Cook of Charleston, Rhode Island, who sell locally caught, fresh seafood at farmers markets, restaurants, and through their community supported fishery program.
  • Fund Supports Sharing Fisheries Innovations - April 30: Today the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announces grant awards for its Fisheries Innovation Fund to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.
  • Ever Wonder What a Fisheries Observer Does? - April 30: NOAA Fisheries observers are a key part to smart fisheries management. Take a look at what they do and how we use data they collect on the water.
  • Fishermen and Scientists Work Toward Common Goal - April 22: NOAA Scientists and San Diego fishermen combine expertise and innovative tools to better understand depleted groundfish in the Southern California Bight.
  • Teacher at Sea Alum Dives into Earth Day Event - April 22: NOAA Teacher at Sea alum Jason Moeller infused his experiences at sea into Earth Day activities at Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee.
  • Amazing Gray Whale Journey Across the Pacific - April 22: The Gray whale journey is one of the longest made by any mammal, covering over 12,000 miles round-trip, from the Alaskan Arctic to Mexico.
  • Restoring Resources Two Years After Gulf Oil Spill - April 22: Two years after the gulf oil spill, researchers gather samples and information for a status update on Gulf natural resources to compile an overview of the potential ecosystem impacts.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - April 2012 - April 19: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, highlights Earth Week at NOAA Fisheries.
  • NOAA Proposes Eastern Steller Sea Lion Delisting - April 18: NOAA proposes removal of the eastern Steller sea lion from endangered species list based on continued population recovery and seeks public comment for the next 60 days.
  • Conserving the Cape Fear River - April 16: NOAA and partners develop a large-scale action plan to improve declining migratory fish populations and river habitat in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River.
  • NOAA Invites Comment on Coral Reports - April 13: NOAA announces the availability of several coral documents for public review and comment in response to a petition to list 83 species of coral under the Endangered Species Act. Photo Credit: Arkive, Franco Banfi
  • FishSmart Workshops Help Solve Fishing Challenges - April 11: FishSmart Workshops—a proactive approach to developing techniques that reduce the mortality of fish stocks while enhancing the fishing experience.
  • Cooperative Research on Thresher Sharks - April 10: NOAA scientists, anglers, and other institutions observe how thresher sharks are caught and released in Southern California—the key to long term conservation of the common thresher shark.
  • U.S. and Russia Collaborate on Ice Seal Survey - April 9: This week, U.S. and Russian researchers will kick-off the largest survey effort ever to estimate how many seals live in the Bering Sea region.
  • Fisherman Rebuilds Business after Gulf Oil Spill - April 9: Ryan Lambert runs Cajun Fishing Adventures, a recreational fishing and hunting business in Louisiana. Learn how his business changed after the Gulf oil spill.
  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement 2012 Priorities - April 6: NOAA's national and division enforcement priorities for 2012 were created collaboratively with input from commercial and recreational fishermen, fishery management councils, state enforcement partners, and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Meet a Megamouth Shark Specialist - April 4: Meet Dr. Jose Castro, a NOAA scientist recently invited to help dissect a rare megamouth shark currently on display at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan. Megamouths are one of the most elusive shark species on the planet.
  • New Management Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod - April 2: NOAA Fisheries announced that fishermen will be allowed to catch 6,700 metric tons of Gulf of Maine cod in 2012. Flexibility was identified in the federal fisheries law that could both protect cod and provide sustained fishing opportunities.
  • Making Angler Catch Count - April 2: The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is changing the way we count and report what saltwater recreational fishermen are catching and how many trips they’re taking. Take a look at what improvements have been made thus far.
  • 2012 Teacher at Sea Class Selected - Mar 27: As the 2012 NOAA Teacher at Sea season begins, sample what's ahead through alumni Jennifer Daftari, a 5th grade teacher in Oklahoma. She reflects on surveying sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and how her research positively impacted her students.
  • Fishermen's Wives Share Life Stories - Mar 26: “One thing I’ve given them is to teach them how to run a boat,” says Shareen Davis about her daughters. This March, as we celebrate National Women’s History Month, listen to fishermen's wives recount pivotal stories from their lives.
  • Study Shows Some Gulf Dolphins Severely Ill - Mar 23: Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, are showing signs of severe ill health, according to NOAA marine mammal biologists and partners.
  • FishWatch Debuts Fresh New Look - Mar 12: NOAA Fisheries introduces a fresh new FishWatch website at the 2012 International Boston Seafood Show. FishWatch is the go-to resource for easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help you make smart sustainable seafood choices.
  • NOAA Fisheries Leadership Message - March 2012 - Mar 19: NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator, Sam Rauch, delivered a spotlight address at the International Boston Seafood Show where he spoke about the importance of sustainable seafood.
  • Students Participate in the Oregon Salmon Bowl - Mar 14: Students from Portland, Oregon’s Benson Polytechnic High School test their knowledge of our oceans by participating in the Oregon Salmon Bowl
  • Meet Phil Harris, Black Cod Fisherman - Mar 9: This month, as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Waterfront series, we feature Phil Harris in Southern California Bight. Take a look at how this commercial fisherman delivers fresh sustainable fish to the public.
  • Restaurant Owner Dishes on Sustainability - Mar 9: Meet Laura Anderson, owner of Local Ocean Seafoods—a popular seafood restaurant on the waterfront in scenic Newport, Oregon—who shares her strong commitment to fresh, local seafood with her community and beyond.
  • Meet Bill Dewey, Shellfish Farmer - Mar 9: As part of the launch of the redesigned FishWatch website, we feature Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington, who discusses how aquaculture is playing a growing role in our economy and local culture.
  • Catch Limits in Place for 2012 Fishing Season - Mar 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Deputy Administrator for Conservation and Management, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries for the 2012 fishing season.
  • Stein Named Northwest Science Center Director - Mar 7: Stein will head the regional fisheries scientific arm for the agency, overseeing approximately 360 employees in more than six locations in Washington and Oregon.
  • Be Whale Wise and Protect Orca Whales This is the Exit Disclaimer icon - Mar 6: Puget Sound orca whales are an endangered species, so special rules should be followed when viewing them. Watch this public service announcement produced by NOAA and partners for guidelines on keeping these amazing creatures out of harm.
  • Commerce Appoints Seven New MAFAC Members - Mar 1: Commerce Secretary John Bryson appointed seven new advisers to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee to advise on living marine resource issues, who hail from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.
  • 2012 Deep Sea Coral Report Released - Feb 24: NOAA releases 2012 Deep Sea Coral Report to Congress, highlighting the program's exciting discovery of deep-sea coral habitats which revealed new, currently unprotected deep-sea coral communities off the eastern and southern coasts of Florida.
  • Non-Native Species Impact Coasts - Feb. 24: Next week, National Invasive Species Awareness Week begins, held February 27-March 3. To kick off the event, NOAA's Peg Brady tells us more about aquatic invasive species, how they affect our coastlines, and why we need to be aware of them.
  • 'TweetChat' to Highlight Famous Gray Whale Rescue - Feb. 23: NOAA scientist Dave Withrow will answer questions live on Twitter this Thursday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. He was part of the real-life 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in sea ice that inspired the new movie, "Big Miracle."
  • Good News for West Coast Groundfish Catch Shares - Feb 22: West Coast commercial groundfish fishermen saw their revenues and efficiency increase substantially during the last year under a new fishery management system known as catch shares.
  • Video PSA: Boaters Asked to Brake for Right Whales This is the Exit Disclaimer icon - Feb. 15: Although they are one of the biggest creatures on Earth, right whales are hard to spot from the deck of a ship. This new PSA outlines steps that boaters can take to ensure safe travels for these endangered whales.
  • President's Proposed FY13 Budget Released - Feb 13: The President’s FY2013 Budget is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules. We must focus our efforts on education, innovation and building.
  • Gulf of Maine Winter Flounder Catch Limits Doubled - Feb. 8: NOAA announced today that it is doubling the amount of Gulf of Maine winter flounder commercial fishermen can catch. New science shows that overfishing is no longer occurring on this important fish stock.
  • Study: Seafood Safe After Deepwater Horizon - Feb. 8: It’s been nearly two years since the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill back in 2010. Now, a new NOAA science report released this week show that Gulf seafood is safe.
  • Whale Rescue Inspires Hollywood - Feb. 1: This weekend, Universal Pictures will premiere "Big Miracle," a new film inspired by the real-life 1988 rescue of three gray whales trapped in sea ice near Barrow, Alaska. NOAA scientist Dave Withrow talks about his experience as part of the rescue team.
  • New Protections in Place for Atlantic Sturgeon - Jan. 31: NOAA’s Fisheries Service announced a final decision to list five distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act.
  • NOAA Honors the Fishery Management Councils - Jan. 30: NOAA's Fisheries honored the fishery management councils for their role in shaping the science-based management of U.S. fisheries.
  • New Method Improves Recreational Catch Estimates - Jan 25: NOAA today announced it has begun to use an improved method to estimate the amount of fish caught by saltwater anglers, which will allow rules that fishermen follow to be based on more accurate information.
  • Area of West Coast Now 'Critical' to Leatherbacks - Jan. 20: NOAA announced today the designation of an additional 41,914 square miles of critical leatherback sea turtle habitat in the Pacific Ocean off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
  • Public Invited to Review Climate Change Strategy - Jan. 19: Together with state, tribal, and federal agency partners, the Obama Administration today released a draft national strategy to help prepare for and help reduce the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems, and the people that depend on them.
  • NOAA Posts Results from Gulf of Maine Cod Meetings - Jan. 17: NOAA Fisheries has posted the results of a meeting with members of the fishing community, environmentalists, scientists and others in December to discuss the preliminary findings of Gulf of Maine Cod and potential management responses.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • NOAA Completes Massive Map of Alaska Shoreline - Jan. 11: People around the world can now get an eagle’s-eye view of all of Southeast Alaska’s shoreline without leaving home, now that the award-winning ShoreZone project has been completed for the entire coastline from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat.
  • Schwaab: Catch Limit Milestone Now within Reach - Jan. 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries before the start of the 2012 fishing season.
  • Survey Shows Dip in Cook Inlet Beluga Count - Jan. 9: Scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center today announced the 2011 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 284 animals, almost 20 percent lower than last year’s estimate of 340.
  • Schwaab Named to New Post at NOAA - Jan 5, 2012: NOAA announced that Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, will serve as NOAA’s Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management beginning January 17.
  • Scientists: 2007 Oil Spill Lethal to Fish Embryos - Jan. 5: NOAA scientists and partners recently reported that Pacific herring embryos in shallow waters died in unexpectedly high numbers following the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay.