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2013

  • Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future

    Marine Aquaculture: A Promising Future

    Nov 7: Marine aquaculture creates new opportunities for commercial fishermen who are beginning to look to aquaculture as a complement to their fishing activities.

  • Feeds of the Future

    Feeds of the Future

    Nov 5: Learn how researchers from NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are developing plant-based feeds with the right balance of proteins to replace fishmeal in aquaculture operations.

  • 10 Myths about Marine Aquaculture

    10 Myths about Marine Aquaculture

    Nov 5: Do you know aquaculture fact from fiction? We dispel some common myths about marine aquaculture.

  • Our Annual Statistical Yearbook for U.S. Fisheries

    Our Annual Statistical Yearbook for U.S. Fisheries

    Oct 30: Today, NOAA Fisheries releases Fisheries of the U.S., 2012. Continuing our rich scientific tradition, this is a statistical yearbook filled with facts and figures about our domestic fisheries.

  • Science Confirms Swordfish Abundance

    Science Confirms Swordfish Abundance

    Oct 31: A new 2013 international stock assessment confirms North Atlantic swordfish remains sustainable; resulting in a higher catch levels in U.S. waters.

  • Get to Know Your Seafood From Ocean to Plate

    Get to Know Your Seafood From Ocean to Plate

    Oct 29: Get to know your seafood from ocean to plate. Our video explores the journey your seafood makes to get to your plate.

  • A Smart Strategy for Protecting Top Predators

    A Smart Strategy for Protecting Top Predators

    Oct 30: Learn more about a new study that may help conservation and development co-exist in the ocean.

  • The Great American Surfclam

    The Great American Surfclam

    Oct 28: Surfclams support a multimillion-dollar fishery along the East Coast and are the most important commercial clam species harvested in our waters. Find out what makes the surfclam fishery a model of sustainability.

  • Efforts to Support and Streamline Seafood Trade

    Efforts to Support and Streamline Seafood Trade

    Oct 28: NOAA Fisheries’ National Seafood Inspection Laboratory (NSIL) in Pascagoula, Mississippi, plays a critical role in streamlining seafood trade in and out of the United States. Find out how NOAA Fisheries supports seafood trade.

  • The Case of the Giant Oarfish

    The Case of the Giant Oarfish

    Oct 24: Listen to this fascinating interview with Dr. Russ Vetter, one of the NOAA biologists who necropsied the giant oarfish that washed up last week in California.

  • New Survey Identifies What Anglers Care Most About

    New Survey Identifies What Anglers Care Most About

    Oct 24: What matters most to saltwater recreational anglers? Results from a new NOAA Fisheries survey aim to begin answering that question.

  • NOAA Awards $36 Million for Coastal Restoration

    NOAA Awards $36 Million for Coastal Restoration

    Oct 23: NOAA is awarding $36 million for more than 40 coastal habitat restoration projects across the United States. These projects will restore up to 16,000 acres of habitat, and open nearly 400 stream miles for fish passage.

  • Dig In—National Seafood Month

    Dig In—National Seafood Month

    Oct 23: We're shining a national spotlight on the important role the seafood supply chain plays from the coast to the heartland and back again. In the U.S., sustainability is our standard, which makes us a global model.

  • Celebrating 40 Years of Recovering Species

    Celebrating 40 Years of Recovering Species

    Nov 18: We're celebrating 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act, which means 40 years of recovering threatened and endangered species.

  • Protecting Our Seafood and Marine Resources

    Protecting Our Seafood and Marine Resources

    Oct 21: An essential part of our U.S. sustainable fisheries management approach is ensuring that commercial fishermen are knowledgeable of catch regulations and requirements, and that they are in compliance with these laws.

  • NOAA Fisheries Announces New West Coast Region

    NOAA Fisheries Announces New West Coast Region

    Oct 21: NOAA Fisheries announces new West Coast Region—Northwest Region and Southwest Region unite to protect marine resources West Coast-wide.

  • Behind the Scenes: A Fisheries Research Expedition

    Behind the Scenes: A Fisheries Research Expedition

    Oct 18: NOAA scientists conduct fish surveys all along U.S. coasts. The data from these surveys are used to set sustainable catch limits, ensuring we can enjoy a healthy supply of seafood now and in the future. Get a first hand look at a fish survey.

  • Sustainable Seafood—A U.S. Success Story

    Sustainable Seafood—A U.S. Success Story

    Oct 18: The U.S. is a recognized global leader in responsibly managed fisheries and sustainable seafood. Watch this video to learn more about sustainability and how NOAA helps ensure our seafood is caught and farmed responsibly.

  • Fine Cooking on the High Seas

    Fine Cooking on the High Seas

    Oct 17: What does a chef aboard the NOAA research ship Oregon II feed a crew of 30 hungry seamen and scientists? Learn what seafood dishes chef Walter Coghlan likes to make the crew.

  • Two Takes on Climate Change in the Ocean

    Two Takes on Climate Change in the Ocean

    Sept 30: A pair of recent studies show how marine ecosystems are changing as ocean temperatures rise, and that the changes are happening more quickly than expected.

  • NOAA Scientists Document New Walrus Haulout

    NOAA Scientists Document New Walrus Haulout

    Sept 27: Scientists with the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals project have spotted thousands of walruses hauled out near Pt. Lay in the Chukchi Sea.

  • Meet Our Senior Science Advisors

    Meet Our Senior Science Advisors

    Sept 26: Advanced science and technology is fundamental to NOAA Fisheries’ mission to protect our nation’s living marine resources. Meet our senior science advisors.

  • NOAA Expert Honored for Stock Assessment Work

    NOAA Expert Honored for Stock Assessment Work

    Sept 26: The American Fisheries Society honored Richard D. Methot Jr., Ph.D. with the 2013 Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award, an award for outstanding contributions to the conservation of fishery resources.

  • Rauch Testifies at Seafood Certification Hearing

    Rauch Testifies at Seafood Certification Hearing

    Sept 24: Today NOAA Fisheries Acting Assistant Administrator Sam Rauch testified at the Senate Commerce Committee's hearing on "The Role of Certification in Rewarding Sustainable Fishing” at 10:30 EST.

  • Back in Black: Black Sea Bass Stock is Rebuilt

    Back in Black: Black Sea Bass Stock is Rebuilt

    Sept 20: The southern stock of black sea bass has been successfully rebuilt and annual catch limits will now more than double.

  • Funding Innovation in Bycatch Reduction

    Funding Innovation in Bycatch Reduction

    Sept 19: Through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries recently funded 16 projects focused on the research and development of innovative approaches for reducing bycatch.

  • Fighting For Global Sustainable Fisheries

    Fighting For Global Sustainable Fisheries

    Sept 17: Pacific countries tackle illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and work to promote sustainable fisheries in the Coral Triangle region.

  • Dolphin Mortality Events Prompt More Patrols

    Dolphin Mortality Events Prompt More Patrols

    Sept 9: Unusual mortality events of dolphins along the east coast spur increased presence of enforcement officers.

  • Whales and Dolphins in a Noisy Ocean

    Whales and Dolphins in a Noisy Ocean

    Sept 4: 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.

  • An Early Warning System for Ocean Tipping Points

    An Early Warning System for Ocean Tipping Points

    Sept 3: A team of scientists and other experts is investigating the mechanics of ocean tipping points. That should help us to avoid tipping points—or to recover once they’ve been crossed.

  • Studying Influences on Gulf of Alaska Marine Life

    Studying Influences on Gulf of Alaska Marine Life

    Sept 3: The Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Project is a five year study engaging oceanographers, fisheries biologists, and modelers who examine factors that influence five commercially important groundfishes.

  • The Tech Tank—A New Ocean Sensing System

    The Tech Tank—A New Ocean Sensing System

    Aug 27: Learn more about the new Ocean Technology Development Test Tank, one of the highlights of NOAA's recently opened Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

  • New Report Summarizes Climate Change Impacts

    New Report Summarizes Climate Change Impacts

    Aug 27: According to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, the nation’s valuable ocean ecosystems and marine resources are already being impacted by a changing climate.

  • What's Causing Bottlenose Dolphins to Strand?

    What's Causing Bottlenose Dolphins to Strand?

    Aug 27: NOAA Fisheries shares what it has learned as likely culprit behind bottlenose dolphin strandings in the Mid-Atlantic.

  • NOAA Fisheries Opens New La Jolla Laboratory

    NOAA Fisheries Opens New La Jolla Laboratory

    Aug 26: NOAA Fisheries opens its new La Jolla Laboratory, its most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly marine science research facility in the United States, on August 27th. Credit: Vern Elmore.

  • Fishery Fraud Brings Hefty Penalty

    Fishery Fraud Brings Hefty Penalty

    Aug 20: Criminal charges have been levied against a New York fisherman for the illegal catch of more than 86,000 pounds of fluke.

  • Sockeye Return to Washington's Yakima Basin

    Sockeye Return to Washington's Yakima Basin

    Aug 16: One hundred years. That’s how long it’s been since native sockeye populations inhabited the lakes of the Yakima Basin—until now. Photo Credit: Yakama Nation.

  • Right Whale, Right Rule

    Right Whale, Right Rule

    Aug 15: The enforcement of ship strike reduction rule helps improves the survival of right whales.

  • And the Winner Is: Great American Seafood Cook-Off

    And the Winner Is: Great American Seafood Cook-Off

    Aug 13: And the winner is...learn more about the winning chef and dish of 2013 Great American Seafood Cook-off.

  • Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event in Mid-Atlantic

    Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event in Mid-Atlantic

    Aug 12: Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through the present.

  • Hooked on Sharks

    Hooked on Sharks

    Aug 10: Can a special type of hook called a circle hook help vulnerable shark populations to recover? Scientists and fishermen team up to find out.

  • Scientists, Fishermen Unite to Record Shark Data

    Scientists, Fishermen Unite to Record Shark Data

    Aug 9: NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center began collecting data from shark recreational tournaments in 1961. Since then, this has helped scientists work with local fisherman to combine recreational fishing with important shark research.

  • Shattering Shark Myths

    Shattering Shark Myths

    Aug 8: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.

  • Missed the #SharkWeekChat? Read Our Recap

    Missed the #SharkWeekChat? Read Our Recap

    Aug 9: Did you miss the #SharkWeekChat with our 2 shark experts? Get caught up.

  • Spiny Dogfish, Skates, Smalltooth Sawfish—Oh My!

    Spiny Dogfish, Skates, Smalltooth Sawfish—Oh My!

    Aug 7: Sharks are widely recognized members of the group of fish called elasmobranchs, including other fauna swimming off the shores of the U.S. like dogfish, skates, rays, and sawfish. Credit: R. Dean Grubbs/Florida State University

  • Shark Fishing—Healthy Catch & Release

    Shark Fishing—Healthy Catch & Release

    Aug 12: Many recreational anglers and tournaments are moving toward the practice of catch and release. Learn about best fishing practices and tackle that help to improve survival rates and the healthy release of sharks back into our oceans.

  • The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal

    The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal

    Aug 6: Peer into a shark's stomach along with a NOAA Fisheries scientist and see what was on the menu for its last meal.

  • The Science Behind: Ageing a Shark

    The Science Behind: Ageing a Shark

    Aug 6: What does ageing the backbone of a shark entail? Catch NOAA Fisheries shark scientist Lisa Natanson in action.

  • 50 Years of Shark Research...and Counting

    50 Years of Shark Research...and Counting

    Aug 6: The Apex Predators turns 50 this year. Coastal surveys and cooperative tagging programs by federal fisheries scientists have contributed significantly to current knowledge of many shark species.

  • Meet Our Sharktastic Scientists

    Meet Our Sharktastic Scientists

    Aug 5: When it comes to shark science, we have some of the top expertise in the country. From coast to coast, more than 40 scientists conduct research to support the conservation and management of 44 shark species in the Atlantic and Pacific.

  • A Symphony of SHARKS

    A Symphony of SHARKS

    Aug 3: Watch our new video—an ode to sharks and shark research.

  • New on FishWatch.gov—Blacktip Shark

    New on FishWatch.gov—Blacktip Shark

    Aug 2: FishWatch provides easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help you make smart, sustainable seafood choices. Explore all our species profiles, including the newest addition, Atlantic blacktip shark.

  • Shark Facts—Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

    Shark Facts—Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

    Aug 2: You already know sharks are fascinating creatures, but did you know...

  • Grants Awarded to Support Species Recovery

    Grants Awarded to Support Species Recovery

    Aug 2: Federal grants are available to State and Tribal agencies for species recovery projects, like this project to remove the Veazie Dam (credit Penobscot River Restoration Trust)

  • Fisheries in the Dead Zone

    Fisheries in the Dead Zone

    Jul 26: This summer, as they have every summer since 1985, NOAA scientists headed out to the Gulf of Mexico to monitor fish populations and to find and measure the Dead Zone.

  • Keeping an Eye on Arctic Marine Mammals

    Keeping an Eye on Arctic Marine Mammals

    Jul 28: NOAA scientists kicked off their annual Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals project this month, thanks to funding by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

  • A Tech Incubator for Sea Turtles

    A Tech Incubator for Sea Turtles

    Jul 22: NOAA raises a small army of sea turtles in Texas to save wild sea turtles everywhere.

  • Uncovering the Mysteries of Nautilus

    Uncovering the Mysteries of Nautilus

    Jul 22: NOAA-funded research is better helping us understand nautilus; a mysterious creature that has been around for half a billion years.

  • Crabs in the Lab

    Crabs in the Lab

    Jul 17: Located on Near Island in Kodiak, Alaska, the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is often referred to as the “top crab lab in the country,” and is the primary facility for the AFSC’s Shellfish Assessment Program.

  • Crabs in the Lab

    Crabs in the Lab

    Jul 17: Located on Near Island in Kodiak, Alaska, the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center is often referred to as the “top crab lab in the country,” and is the primary facility for the AFSC’s Shellfish Assessment Program.

  • Shark Conservation in the U.S. and Abroad

    Shark Conservation in the U.S. and Abroad

    Jul 15: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries is leading the way in the conservation and management of shark populations domestically and internationally.

  • The Journey of Atlantic Salmon

    The Journey of Atlantic Salmon

    Jul 15: International research turns the spotlight on the ocean and its importance to the recovery and management of Atlantic salmon.

  • Report on Endangered Species Recovery

    Report on Endangered Species Recovery

    Jul 11: Check out our progress with endangered species recovery in the 2010-2012 Biennial Report to Congress on the Recovery Program for Threatened and Endangered Species.

  • The Science Behind Killer Whale Genetics

    The Science Behind Killer Whale Genetics

    Jul 11: Found in every ocean around the world, killer whales are a force to be reckoned with. Learn what NOAA scientists and researchers are discovering about killer whale genetics.

  • The Case of the Dead Dolphin

    The Case of the Dead Dolphin

    Jul 9: 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.

  • Seafood Trade Programs—Going Electronic

    Seafood Trade Programs—Going Electronic

    Jul 8: Trade programs for seafood will be going electronic, which will simplify trade and help to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated product from entering the U.S. market.

  • Ross Sea—An Ecological Treasure

    Ross Sea—An Ecological Treasure

    Jul 1: Nations consider adoption of proposal to protect the Ross Sea, one of the most unique and biologically rich places on earth.

  • Dolphins Hitch a Free Ride from Gray Whale

    Dolphins Hitch a Free Ride from Gray Whale

    June 28: In this photo, a group of long-beaked common dolphins are hitching a free ride on the bow wave of a migrating gray whale.

  • NOAA Teachers at Sea Talk Fisheries Science

    NOAA Teachers at Sea Talk Fisheries Science

    Jun 27: Teachers At Sea are a unique component to at-sea research—they participate in the long shifts and odd hours of data collection and bring an educator’s perspective to the endeavor.

  • Working Together for a Sustainable Crab Fishery

    Working Together for a Sustainable Crab Fishery

    Jun 25: The Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program funds research on solutions to bycatch-related problems. Learn more about ongoing research in Oregon's Dungeness crab fishery.

  • Fishermen, Boaters Seek Shelter During Storms

    Fishermen, Boaters Seek Shelter During Storms

    June 25: This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and NOAA's National Weather Service cautions fishermen and boaters to stay indoors during thunderstorms for their safety.

  • Learn the “ABCs of Stock Assessment”

    Learn the “ABCs of Stock Assessment”

    Jun 24: Watch our new sketch animation video, which tackles the often-misunderstood topic of stock assessments. Learn more about how we balance data and uncertainty in our approach to stock assessments.

  • Regional Fishery Management Council Appointments

    Regional Fishery Management Council Appointments

    Jun 20: The Commerce Department announces the appointment of 20 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils.

  • Changing Sea Temps Affect Young Cod Food Supply

    Changing Sea Temps Affect Young Cod Food Supply

    Jun 20: Changing sea water temperatures and circulation patterns have profoundly affected key Northeast zooplankton species in recent decades, and may be influencing the recovery of Atlantic cod and other fish stocks in the region.

  • Turtles Have Fingerprints?

    Turtles Have Fingerprints?

    Jun 14: New genetic technique with turtles reveals paternity and more.

  • First-Ever Seal Tagging Study Underway

    First-Ever Seal Tagging Study Underway

    Jun 12: It was a day of fur and firsts for gray seal identification during the new electronic tagging study on Cape Cod.

  • U.S. and Russia Complete Largest Ice Seal Survey

    U.S. and Russia Complete Largest Ice Seal Survey

    Jun 13: Researchers from U.S. and Russia completed the largest survey ever for seals that live in sea-ice habitat.

  • There's a Shortfin Mako Shark App for That

    There's a Shortfin Mako Shark App for That

    Jun 13: Mobile technology helps track the catch and release of sharks. Now available for iPhone and iPad, NOAA Fisheries’ Release Mako app lets you report live releases of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks while you’re still out on the water.

  • Fishery Stock Assessments

    Fishery Stock Assessments

  • Bering Sea Canyons-Home to Important Fish Habitat

    Bering Sea Canyons-Home to Important Fish Habitat

    Jun 11: The Bering Sea has some of the largest submarine canyons in the world. Fisheries managers want to know how they might factor into the productivity of marine life, especially commercially valuable fish species.

  • Keeping An Eye On Pollock

    Keeping An Eye On Pollock

    Jun 10: Scientists and fishermen work together to understand how walleye pollock respond to a changing environment. This photo shows Dutch Harbor, Alaska, home to the Bering Sea walleye pollock fleet. Credit: NOAA

  • Eat Local, Think Global Symposium on U.S. Seafood

    Eat Local, Think Global Symposium on U.S. Seafood

    Jul 10: NOAA Fisheries is hosting a first-of-its-kind symposium, "Eat Local, Think Global: Making a Case for US Seafood", on July 16-17, in Oakland, California to explore how U.S. fisheries can gain overcome the myths and misperceptions and gain more recognition in domestic markets as sustainably managed.

  • Our Science at Sea

    Our Science at Sea

    Jun 5: Our data comes from many sources, but two critical sources of fishery-dependent data are observers and electronic monitoring. Take a look at our science at sea.

  • A Fisheries Observer with a Passion for Her Work

    A Fisheries Observer with a Passion for Her Work

    Jun 5: Fisheries observers, like fishermen, work hard at a job they believe in—making sure the nation’s seafood supply is sustainable.

  • Computer, Name That Fish

    Computer, Name That Fish

    Jun 5: Recent advances in computer vision and facial recognition technology might soon allow for more efficient collection of fisheries data. But technology is unlikely to completely replace what human observers can do anytime soon.

  • Largest Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay

    Largest Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay

    May 29: There are three important things to consider when building an oyster reef: location, location, location.

  • Cute, Yes. Cuddly...Not So Much

    Cute, Yes. Cuddly...Not So Much

    May 30: During May and June, as we start to head to the beach, keep in mind this is also the time of year when seals frequent the shoreline. For the protection of people, pets, and seals, keeping a safe distance is wise.

  • NOAA Supports Unfettered Access for River Herring

    NOAA Supports Unfettered Access for River Herring

    May 30: Recently, the legislation to open fish passage on the St. Croix River for river herring became law. This photo is of an underwater school of herring in the St. Croix River. Credit: Ben Gahagan, CTDEEP.

  • Fisheries Announces West Coast Leadership Changes

    Fisheries Announces West Coast Leadership Changes

    May 24: NOAA Fisheries announces several senior leadership changes that support the changes we are making to our West Coast operations.

  • Vets Restore Endangered Salmon Habitat

    Vets Restore Endangered Salmon Habitat

    May 22: Our new video highlights military veterans working to restore endangered salmon habitat in California, a NOAA-funded pilot project in partnership with the California Conservation Corps and California's Department of Fish and Game.

  • To Protect Fin Whales, Listen Closely…

    To Protect Fin Whales, Listen Closely…

    May 20: Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their songs.

  • Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing

    Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing

    May 17: 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.

  • The Keratin Connection

    The Keratin Connection

    May 16: Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.

  • NOAA Names Wieting Director of Protected Resources

    NOAA Names Wieting Director of Protected Resources

    May 14: Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that Donna Wieting has been appointed as the new director for the Office of Protected Resources. She will begin this new assignment on May 20, 2013.

  • NOAA Fisheries Launches New Rec Fishing Website

    NOAA Fisheries Launches New Rec Fishing Website

    May 7: Explore recreational fishing information and resources, and learn how NOAA is working to support recreational fishermen.

  • New Report—

    New Report—"More Habitat Means More Fish"

    May 7: NOAA announces the release of an illustrated report outlining the crucial role that habitat plays in keeping U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries strong.

  • Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

    Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries

    May 2: In 2012, six stocks were declared rebuilt and the number of stocks on the overfishing list was at an all-time low.

  • Leading by Success—A Message on Status of Stocks

    Leading by Success—A Message on Status of Stocks

    May 2: This month we turn the spotlight onto the continued success of the U.S. science-based fisheries management system established under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA).

  • Funds Support Innovation in U.S. Fisheries

    Funds Support Innovation in U.S. Fisheries

    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.

  • Northeast Sea Surface Temps Reach Record High

    Northeast Sea Surface Temps Reach Record High

    Apr 29: During 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest recorded in 150 years, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

  • More Habitat Means More Fish

    More Habitat Means More Fish

    Apr 29: U.S. fisheries play an enormous role in the U.S. economy, and healthy freshwater, coastal, and marine habitats are essential to those fisheries.

  • Results of the Recent Hake Survey Are In

    Results of the Recent Hake Survey Are In

    Apr 24: Last year, NOAA scientists and West Coast fishermen collaborated to reduce uncertainty in the Pacific hake fishery, improving near-term outlook for fishermen while protecting long-term availability of the fish.

  • How NOAA Observes Our Changing Earth

    How NOAA Observes Our Changing Earth

    Apr 22: NOAA uses a variety of observational resources to gain more information about our evolving planet, including satellites, ships, planes, buoys, and on-the-ground scientists to provide data to better understand, and ultimately preserve, our earth.

  • Increasing Effective Habitat Conservation

    Increasing Effective Habitat Conservation

    Apr 22: NOAA and our partners have conserved nearly one billion acres of habitat essential to our valuable commercial and recreational fisheries. Read more from Buck Sutter, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation.

  • Beavers: Nature's 1st River Restoration Engineers

    Beavers: Nature's 1st River Restoration Engineers

    Apr 18: The same things beavers do naturally—cut down trees, dam up water, flood riverbanks—are exactly what we are trying to do to improve habitat for Pacific salmon.

  • Balancing the Needs of Farmers and Fish

    Balancing the Needs of Farmers and Fish

    Apr 15: The Russian River and its tributaries flowing through California’s wine country are in high demand. When farmers draw water for their vineyards, streams can dry up, stranding fish. See how NOAA is helping balance the needs of farmers and fish.

  • How Forecasting Frost Can Help Save Fish

    How Forecasting Frost Can Help Save Fish

    Apr 15: Sonoma County wine growers have long battled crop-killing frost, and some ways to protect their vines use so much water from the nearby Russian River that they can hurt fish. Learn how NOAA’s National Weather Service found a way to help.

  • New

    New "Fishways" Lead to Astounding Herring Increase

    Apr 11: Since the 2007 installation of two fishways on Massachusetts' Acushnet River, scientists have observed an astounding 1,140 percent increase in the number of migrating herring able to access prime spawning grounds.

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Whales

    Cloudy With a Chance of Whales

    Apr 4: New technology will enable scientists to forecast patterns of whale traffic in the Pacific. These forecasts will help ships steer clear of whales and reduce fatal ship strikes.

  • NOAA Releases Recreational Fishing Report for 2012

    NOAA Releases Recreational Fishing Report for 2012

    Apr 2: Recreational fishing is part of our nation's history, and we continue to improve upon this great tradition. A new report, "Recreational Fishing Year in Review" highlights accomplishments and goals for U.S. recreational fishing.

  • Technology Helps Fight Fraud—It’s No Joke

    Technology Helps Fight Fraud—It’s No Joke

    Apr 1: Learn how new traceability technology may help fight seafood fraud.

  • Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic

    Study Analyzes Risks to Whales from Ship Traffic

    Mar 29: Researchers identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a newly released study.

  • New Video Introduces Consumers to FishWatch

    New Video Introduces Consumers to FishWatch

    Mar 27: Our newest video introduces consumers to FishWatch.gov which provides easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help users make smart, sustainable seafood choices.

  • A New Structure for Observer Programs in Alaska

    A New Structure for Observer Programs in Alaska

    Mar 27: New regulations governing how observers are deployed into the fisheries of Alaska will increase the statistical reliability of data collected by the program, address cost inequality among fishery participants, and expand observer coverage.

  • Integrated Pelagic Survey Completed in Northeast

    Integrated Pelagic Survey Completed in Northeast

    Mar 26: Researchers have completed the first comprehensive survey of the upper waters of the continental shelf off of the Northeast U.S. from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to the Nova Scotia Shelf, including Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.

  • License to Krill: A Story About an Ecosystem

    License to Krill: A Story About an Ecosystem

    Mar 25: Antarctic krill are considered the greatest under-tapped biological resource in the ocean today. As humans increasingly turn to the oceans for food, we must be careful to not undermine the marine food chain.

  • Scientists Use Acoustic Technology to Study Cod

    Scientists Use Acoustic Technology to Study Cod

    Mar 25: For the first time, NOAA researchers and colleagues report using acoustic monitoring technology to record spawning cod in the wild.

  • Improving Fish Passage on the Hudson River

    Improving Fish Passage on the Hudson River

    Mar 20: Fisheries have long been an important resource on the Hudson River. Learn how NOAA Fisheries and partners are working to improve fish passage on the Hudson River.

  • Building a Better Fish Trap

    Building a Better Fish Trap

    Mar 19: A modern Minto Fish trap on the North Santiam River will protect listed steelhead and spring Chinook salmon as well as provide a safer environment for the biologists.

  • Congressional Hearing Held on Fisheries Management

    Congressional Hearing Held on Fisheries Management

    Mar 19: Eric Schwaab will be testifying on behalf of NOAA at a Congressional hearing today entitled “Developments and Opportunities in U.S. Fisheries Management."

  • Sharks Win Protection at CITES

    Sharks Win Protection at CITES

    Mar 14: Countries voted to increase protection for five commercially-exploited species of sharks and manta rays. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.

  • Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Efforts Underway

    Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Efforts Underway

    Nov 14: Learn more about our current and on-going efforts to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which sets standards for conservation, management, and sustainable use of our nation’s fisheries resources. 

  • What Do Fish and Federal Highways Have in Common?

    What Do Fish and Federal Highways Have in Common?

    Mar 13: Find out how NOAA is working with the Federal Highway Administration to protect aquatic life. Photo courtesy of John McMillan.

  • NOAA Scientists Focus Research on Skate Nurseries

    NOAA Scientists Focus Research on Skate Nurseries

    Mar 11: NOAA scientists will be keeping a closer eye on six skate nursery sites in the Bering Sea, following final action by members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at the February meeting in Portland, Oregon.

  • Farmed Seafood Profiles Now Available on FishWatch

    Farmed Seafood Profiles Now Available on FishWatch

    Mar 11: FishWatch.gov now includes detailed information on farmed fish and shellfish. To learn more about farmed fisheries and how they are managed, explore the new farmed species profiles.

  • Fisheries Economics Report Released

    Fisheries Economics Report Released

    Mar 7: U.S. commercial and recreational fishing supported 1.7 million full and part-time jobs in fishing across the broader economy in 2011, and generated $199 billion in sales impacts and contributed $88 billion to Gross Domestic Product.

  • Scientists Launch a New Era in Whale Research

    Scientists Launch a New Era in Whale Research

    Mar 7: New technology enables safe, non-invasive methods for monitoring the health and physiology of large whales.

  • Catching Up With Catch Shares

    Catching Up With Catch Shares

    Mar 4: A new fishery management program on the west coast gives fishermen greater flexibility and gives overfished species a break.

  • New Rec Fish Working Group Members Named

    New Rec Fish Working Group Members Named

    Feb 27: Nine new members were appointed to the Recreational Fisheries Working Group to represent marine recreational fishing interest across the nation and to provide advice to the agency’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).

  • NOAA and INTERPOL Address Fisheries Crime

    NOAA and INTERPOL Address Fisheries Crime

    Feb 27: NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement has long partnered with international police organization INTERPOL and is excited to help INTERPOL launch Project SCALE, a new initiative to detect, combat and suppress fisheries crime worldwide.

  • Washington Marsh Restoration Improves Fish Passage

    Washington Marsh Restoration Improves Fish Passage

    Feb 25: The Fisher Slough marsh restoration project in Washington State improved fish passage to 15 miles of stream and restored 60 acres of freshwater marsh habitat, providing salmon with critical rearing habitat.

  • Global Push for Shark and Ray Conservation

    Global Push for Shark and Ray Conservation

    Feb 22: The United States is working with its global partners to advance important shark and ray conservation measures at this year's CITES meeting. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.

  • U.S. and EU Share Vision to Tackle Illegal Fishing

    U.S. and EU Share Vision to Tackle Illegal Fishing

    Feb 13: The United States and European Union share a common vision for sustainable fisheries. Both governments are committed to continuing their joint effort to end IUU fishing.

  • A Global Perspective on Tackling Illegal Fishing

    A Global Perspective on Tackling Illegal Fishing

    Feb 12: NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement works internationally to protect fishermen from the illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing that threatens their income and sustainability of their shared fishery resources.

  • The Science Behind Harbor Seal Monitoring

    The Science Behind Harbor Seal Monitoring

    Feb 11: Find out how NOAA scientists monitor harbor seal populations in Puget Sound.

  • NOAA and EPA Release Coastal Wetlands Reviews

    NOAA and EPA Release Coastal Wetlands Reviews

    Feb 5: NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency release four regional Coastal Wetland Reviews. These include recent trends that can help state and local wetlands managers determine what is needed to address the ongoing loss of wetlands.

  • NOAA Focuses on Russian River Habitat

    NOAA Focuses on Russian River Habitat

    Jan 31: As part of NOAA’s agency-wide Habitat Blueprint effort, the Russian River Valley watershed will be the first Habitat Focus Area. These are areas where we can pool resources and expertise to maximize conservation.

  • NOAA Names Lipton 1st Senior Research Economist

    NOAA Names Lipton 1st Senior Research Economist

    Jan 31: NOAA Fisheries announces Dr. Doug Lipton as the first-ever Senior Research Economist. Lipton will provide leadership and strategic direction to the agency’s economics and social science research program.

  • Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3

    Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3

    Jan 31: This May, Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 brings together members of fishing, conservation, and science and management communities to discuss challenges facing our nation's fisheries.

  • New Marine Fishery Allocation Report Posted

    New Marine Fishery Allocation Report Posted

    Jan 29: A new report commissioned by NOAA Fisheries, Marine Fishery Allocation Issues, has been posted online. A national stakeholder call is planned.

  • Previously Entangled Right Whales Give Birth

    Previously Entangled Right Whales Give Birth

    Jan 29: Recently, two previously entangled right whales gave birth. Learn more about how NOAA Fisheries and partners help marine mammals in distress.

  • Prestigious Award for River Basin Management

    Prestigious Award for River Basin Management

    Jan 28: NOAA salmon recovery partner in the Willamette Valley receives the Thiess International River prize for outstanding, visionary, and sustainable programs in river basin management.

  • When One Endangered Species Eats Another

    When One Endangered Species Eats Another

    Jan 22: When one endangered species eats another, ecosystem-based management may be the only way to save them both: killer whales and chinook salmon.

  • Reintroducing Steelhead in Deschutes River Basin

    Reintroducing Steelhead in Deschutes River Basin

    Jan 16: Steelhead will once again be able to call Oregon's Deschutes River Basin home. NOAA will be proceeding with steelhead reintroduction efforts by designating a population as "experimental" under the Endangered Species Act.

  • Mark Twinam Fishes for Sharks Off Florida Coast

    Mark Twinam Fishes for Sharks Off Florida Coast

    Jan 15: Mark Twinam fishes for large coastal sharks like hammerhead, lemon, and bull sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Twinam is one of several fishermen helping NOAA research sharks in exchange for landing and selling a small quota of sandbar sharks.  

  • Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3

    Managing Our Nation's Fisheries 3

    Jan 14: This May, Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 brings together members of fishing, conservation, and science and management communities to discuss challenges facing our nation's fisheries.

  • Draft Climate Assessment Report for Public Review

    Draft Climate Assessment Report for Public Review This is the Exit Disclaimer icon

    Jan 14: For more on potential climate change impacts on U.S. oceans and ocean resources, including fisheries, marine protected species, and habitats, read the U.S. National Climate Assessment report, now available for public comment.

  • NOAA Identifies Nations for IUU Fishing

    NOAA Identifies Nations for IUU Fishing

    Jan 11: To ensure the U.S. fishing industry isn’t undermined by unsustainable, illegal activities, NOAA submitted a report identifying 10 nations whose fishing vessels engaged in illegal unreported, and unregulated fishing in 2011 or 2012.

  • High Number of Sea Turtle Strandings in Northeast

    High Number of Sea Turtle Strandings in Northeast

    Jan 9: It has been a busy sea turtle stranding season due to "cold stunning," with a running total of over 200 reported strandings so far from Massachusetts to New York.

  • Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper

    Scientists Link Climate Change and Gray Snapper

    Jan 8: NOAA scientists recently developed projections of gray snapper distribution under several climate change scenarios as they work to understand the effect of climate change on marine fisheries along the U.S. east coast.

  • NOAA Releases New Beluga Abundance Estimate

    NOAA Releases New Beluga Abundance Estimate

    Jan 4: NOAA Fisheries scientists annouced that the 2012 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 312 animals, a small, but not scientifically significant increase over last year.

  • New Opportunities to Improve Fish Passage

    New Opportunities to Improve Fish Passage

    Jan 2: Find out how NOAA Fisheries will work with partners and stakeholders to improve upstream and downstream passage conditions for endangered and migratory fish on the Connecticut River.

  • Research Station Provides Big Scientific Value

    Research Station Provides Big Scientific Value

    Jan 2: NOAA Fisheries has many research stations throughout the Northwest helping contribute to our understanding of marine resources. Learn more about Point Adams Research Station in Oregon.

  • Ecosystem Factors and Assessments

    Ecosystem Factors and Assessments