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  • Whale Sharks Receive International Protection

    Whale Sharks Receive International Protection

    Dec 29: Whale sharks are among the world’s largest fish, and it is precisely their size that prompted restrictions to protect them from impacts associated with tuna fishing.

  • Sea Turtles Rescued from the Cold

    Sea Turtles Rescued from the Cold

    Dec 23: 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.

  • Investigating Steller Sea Lion Populations

    Investigating Steller Sea Lion Populations

    Dec 22: Keeping track of Steller sea lion populations is no easy task, but it's critical to ensuring their survival. In the U.S., the Steller sea lion is endangered under the Endangered Species Act in the western part of its range. Our new video explains.

  • NOAA RESTORE Act Issues Funding Call

    NOAA RESTORE Act Issues Funding Call

    Dec 18: NOAA has issued a call for proposals under the first federal funding opportunity issued by the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program, which supports research in the Gulf of Mexico on long-term sustainability of the ecosystem and its fisheries.

  • Our Year in Review: Top 14 Stories from 2014

    Our Year in Review: Top 14 Stories from 2014

    Dec 17: It's been quite a year at NOAA Fisheries! As we look ahead to 2015, we're revisiting our fourteen most popular stories from 2014.

  •  IUU Task Force Releases Recommendations

    IUU Task Force Releases Recommendations

    Dec 16: A Presidential Task Force has developed its recommendations to combat illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are available for review with a request for comment on implementation strategies.

  • Invasive Lionfish Threaten Coral Reefs, Fisheries

    Invasive Lionfish Threaten Coral Reefs, Fisheries

    Dec 15: Invasive lionfish continue to threaten coral reefs and fisheries in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

  • Art Meets Science on the Alaska Coastline

    Art Meets Science on the Alaska Coastline

    Dec 15: Take a look at incredible images from ShoreZone, an online database that’s sort of like a Google Street View for the Alaska coastline. Learn more about how NOAA Fisheries and other agencies use ShoreZone data and images.

  • Unusual Species Highlight West Coast Survey

    Unusual Species Highlight West Coast Survey

    Dec 16: The research ship Ocean Starr returned to San Diego Wednesday, completing NOAA Fisheries’ first comprehensive survey of whales, dolphins and porpoises and the marine ecosystem off the West Coast in six years.

  • Tracking Fish Populations as the Climate Changes

    Tracking Fish Populations as the Climate Changes

    Dec 11: As the oceans warm, fish populations are on the move. A new online database that tracks their movements should help fishermen and fishery managers to adapt.

  • Supporting Innovative Approaches to Reduce Bycatch

    Supporting Innovative Approaches to Reduce Bycatch

    Dec 9: Assistant Administrator, Eileen Sobeck, discusses supporting innovative approaches to reduce bycatch and the $2.4 million in partner grants recently awarded to states, academia, and industry to partner with fishermen efforts to reduce bycatch.

  • NOAA Issues Atlantic Tuna Management Measures

    NOAA Issues Atlantic Tuna Management Measures

    Dec 1: NOAA Fisheries today announced final regulations that will help protect Atlantic bluefin tuna by reducing dead discards and providing measures to help ensure compliance with international quotas.

  • NOAA's Contributions to Aquaculture Highlighted

    NOAA's Contributions to Aquaculture Highlighted

    Nov 25: NOAA experts have made tremendous contributions in the aquaculture field. These contributions are in the spotlight again this month with the publication of an aquaculture-focused November issue of Fisheries magazine.

  • NOAA Selects Kachemak Bay as Habitat Focus Area

    NOAA Selects Kachemak Bay as Habitat Focus Area

    Nov 19: NOAA is designating Kachemak Bay, Alaska, as its next Habitat Focus Area. Kachemak Bay is valuable for its recreational, subsistence, and commercial fishing, marine transportation, tourism, and threatened and endangered species.

  • National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

    National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

    Nov 19: NOAA Fisheries has drafted an agency-wide policy on saltwater recreational fisheries, and would like to know what you think about it. Share your thoughts on this draft policy through December 31.

  • Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: Stock Assessment Says...

    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna: Stock Assessment Says...

    Nov 12: As ICCAT meets to set new catch quotas, NOAA Fisheries scientist Clay Porch discusses the results of the recent stock assessment.

  • 2014 ICCAT Meeting Concludes

    2014 ICCAT Meeting Concludes

    Nov 18: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) annual meeting concluded. Learn more about what happened at this year's meeting.

  • Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Win-Win for Whales and Lobstermen

    Nov 5: New proposed measures provide needed protections for whales with less economic impact on fishermen.

  • In Search of a Living Fossil

    In Search of a Living Fossil

    Nov 5: Follow the journey of a scientist studying nautilus - one of the most ancient living creatures on Earth. Credit: Gregory Jeff Barord.

  • Increasing Protections for Pacific Bluefin Tuna

    Increasing Protections for Pacific Bluefin Tuna

    Nov 3: During a meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, the United States, Mexico and Japan developed a joint proposal to reduce the catch limit of Pacific bluefin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) in 2015 and 2016.

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