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  • Fishermen See 'Science in Action' Aboard NOAA Ship

    Fishermen See 'Science in Action' Aboard NOAA Ship

    Aug 18: This year, scientists conducting a survey of coastal pelagic species off the West Coast partnered with fishermen to expand their reach into nearshore waters.

  • Funding Opportunity Open for 2018 SK Grants

    Funding Opportunity Open for 2018 SK Grants

    Aug 11: NOAA Fisheries publishes the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcing the Call for Pre-proposals and Proposals for FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Program funding.

  • Scientists Spot Some of Rarest Whales in US Waters

    Scientists Spot Some of Rarest Whales in US Waters

    Aug 10: After nearly 10 years, scientists locate and collect critical information on rare whale in eastern Bering Sea.

  • NOAA Awards $5.8 M for Species Recovery Grants

    NOAA Awards $5.8 M for Species Recovery Grants

    Aug 9: NOAA announces grants awarded under the 2017 Species Recovery Program totaling $5.8 million in federal assistance.

  • Deep-Sea Sponge Shows Promise for Cancer Research

    Deep-Sea Sponge Shows Promise for Cancer Research

    July 26: NOAA discovery of a green deep-sea sponge shows promise for cancer research. The small, deep-water Alaska sponge has molecules that selectively target and kill pancreatic tumor cells.

  • Collaborative Rescue Frees Humpback Whale

    Collaborative Rescue Frees Humpback Whale

    July 24: Responders from the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, Humboldt State University, Oregon State University, U.S. Coast Guard, California Whale Rescue, local fishermen and community members freed an entangled juvenile humpback whale.

  • Video: Treasuring the Choptank River

    Video: Treasuring the Choptank River

    July 24: On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners are conducting science, restoring habitat, and working with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River.

  • Scientist Named a Species in the Spotlight Hero

    Scientist Named a Species in the Spotlight Hero

    July 14: NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta presented a Species in the Spotlight Hero Award to Dr. Fitry Pakiding for her work on Pacific leatherback conservation.

  • NOAA Continues Commitment to Rec Fisheries

    NOAA Continues Commitment to Rec Fisheries

    July 11: NOAA Fisheries' National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Initiative continues to advance commitment of establishing and maintaining a strong partnership with the recreational fishing community through action.

  • Flatfish Feeding Behavior: It's All in the Lips

    Flatfish Feeding Behavior: It's All in the Lips

    July 7: NOAA Fisheries scientists in Alaska are looking at flounder lips to figure out how feeding behavior differs between flatfish species.

  • Regulatory Process Public Comment Period Opens

    Regulatory Process Public Comment Period Opens

    July 7: NOAA is announcing a 45-day public comment period on “Streamlining Regulatory Processes and Reducing Regulatory Burden” in light of a series of recent Presidential Executive Orders.

  • It's Habitat Month at Fisheries: Dig In!

    It's Habitat Month at Fisheries: Dig In!

    July 5: Pat Montanio, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, kicks off Habitat Month--a month-long look at how healthy habitat is the foundation for sustaining fisheries and recovering protected species.

  • NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Habitat Month

    NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Habitat Month

    July 5: Join us all month as we celebrate the benefits of habitat conservation to fish and wildlife, communities, and the economy.

  • How Microplastics Affect Our Marine Species

    How Microplastics Affect Our Marine Species

    July 6: Marine animals, from shellfish and fish to larger marine mammals, ingest microplastics through the water or eat prey that contains them. The impact can be serious, affecting an animal's feeding and reproduction.

  • NOAA Announces 2017 Gulf Corps Grants Awardee

    NOAA Announces 2017 Gulf Corps Grants Awardee

    June 30: NOAA Fisheries announces the awardee recommended for funding under the 2017 GulfCorps Program.

  • 2017 Fishery Management Council Appointments

    2017 Fishery Management Council Appointments

    June 28: The Department of Commerce announced today the appointment of members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks.

  • Chris Oliver Appointed to Lead NOAA Fisheries

    Chris Oliver Appointed to Lead NOAA Fisheries

    June 20: Today, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, named Chris Oliver as the new Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.

  • Rebuilding Success for West Coast Groundfish

    Rebuilding Success for West Coast Groundfish

    June 26: NOAA Fisheries declares bocaccio and darkblotched rockfish rebuilt ahead of schedule earlier this month.

  • Making Progress on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

    Making Progress on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

    June 15: As NOAA staff, inclusion is a responsibility we all share and benefit from. Sam Rauch, Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, shares some of our recent diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  • Leadership Message: Sea Turtle Week 2017

    Leadership Message: Sea Turtle Week 2017

    June 13: It's officially Sea Turtle Week! Director for the Office of Protected Resources Donna Wieting discusses the importance of sea turtle conservation and recovery in our latest leadership message.

  • Sea Turtle Week 2017

    Sea Turtle Week 2017

    June 12: Celebrate Sea Turtle Week with NOAA Fisheries! Learn more about what NOAA Fisheries and our partners are doing every day to improve the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered sea turtles.

  • NOAA Fisheries Appoints New Chief Science Advisor

    NOAA Fisheries Appoints New Chief Science Advisor

    June 12: Today, NOAA announced the appointment of Cisco Werner, Ph.D. as the new Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries.

  • $10 Million Recommended for 41 Fisheries Projects

    $10 Million Recommended for 41 Fisheries Projects

    June 6: NOAA Fisheries recommends more than $10 million in funding through the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program for 41 projects to support economic opportunities and address the needs of fishing communities.

  • National Fishing and Boating Week 2017

    National Fishing and Boating Week 2017

    June 5: NOAA Fisheries' National Recreational Fisheries Policy Advisor Russell Dunn addresses the many benefits of getting out on the water and fishing with family and friends.

  • 2017 Bering Sea Bottom-Dwelling Species Survey

    2017 Bering Sea Bottom-Dwelling Species Survey

    June 2: For nearly four decades, NOAA Fisheries has conducted annual surveys of bottom-dwelling species in the eastern Bering Sea. For the first time since 2010 the survey area will be expanded to include the northern Bering Sea.

  • New Findings on Rockfish Reproduction and Health

    New Findings on Rockfish Reproduction and Health

    May 23: Christina Conrath of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center set out to collect maturity and reproductive data to improve stock assessments for three deepwater rockfish species.

  • Sea Lions Can Remember Prey Hot Spots

    Sea Lions Can Remember Prey Hot Spots

    May 23: In a new study published last week, scientists from the National Park Service and Alaska Fisheries Science Center document for the first time the day-to-day persistence of prey “hot spots” and how sea lions respond to them.

  • Celebrating the NOAA Corps' 100th Anniversary

    Celebrating the NOAA Corps' 100th Anniversary

    May 22: Today marks the 100th anniversary of the NOAA Corps, one of seven uniformed services of the United States.

  • Ocean Warming Driving Species Distribution Shifts

    Ocean Warming Driving Species Distribution Shifts

    May 12: Commercially important species on the Northeast U.S. shelf will continue to shift their distribution as ocean waters warm two to three times faster than the global average through the end of this century.

  • Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    May 9: NOAA Fisheries announces the release of of the agency’s Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States report.

  • Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    May 9: NOAA Fisheries announces the release of of the agency’s Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States report.

  • Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    Reports Show Continued Recovery of U.S. Fisheries

    May 9: NOAA Fisheries announces the release of of the agency’s Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries and the 2015 Fisheries Economics of the United States report.

  • Q&A with Research Biologist Dr. Jeremy Sterling

    Q&A with Research Biologist Dr. Jeremy Sterling

    May 3: Dr. Jeremy Sterling is an award-winning research biologist with NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center whose work bridges the gap between fish ecology, oceanography, and marine mammal ecology.

  • NOAA Fisheries Releases Seabird Program Report

    NOAA Fisheries Releases Seabird Program Report

    May 2: NOAA Fisheries' Office of Science and Technology recently published a new report on the activities and accomplishments of its National Seabird Program during 2016.

  • NOAA Fisheries Announces New NWFSC Director

    NOAA Fisheries Announces New NWFSC Director

    Apr 28: NOAA Fisheries announces the selection of Dr. Kevin Werner as the new Science and Research Director for NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center starting May 14, 2017.

  • NOAA Fisheries Declares an Unusual Mortality Event

    NOAA Fisheries Declares an Unusual Mortality Event

    Apr 28: Since January 2016, 41 humpback whales have died along the U.S. East Coast. A team of veterinarians, marine biologists, marine mammal stranding network members and other experts are determined to understand why.

  • Mystery Right Whale Mother & Calf in Cape Cod Bay

    Mystery Right Whale Mother & Calf in Cape Cod Bay

    Apr 27: Researchers obtained genetic samples from a female right whale with unusual migration patterns. Genetic analysis will help determine whether she is part of the eastern North Atlantic right whale population, thought to be extinct.

  • Meet Our Port Agent Team

    Meet Our Port Agent Team

    Apr 27: Port agents regularly interact with members of the fishing industry and are uniquely positioned to hear about significant economic, biological, and social concerns related to fisheries in their areas.

  • NOAA Recognizes Whale Educator with

    NOAA Recognizes Whale Educator with "Hero" Award

    Apr 27: NOAA Fisheries recognized Jeff Hogan and his nonprofit Killer Whale Tales with a special "Hero" award for contributions to the conservation of Southern Resident killer whales. Photo courtesy of Jeff Hogan.

  • New Study Finds Monkfish are Serial Spawners

    New Study Finds Monkfish are Serial Spawners

    Apr 27: Researchers have found that monkfish spawn more than once during a spawning season, but monkfish size has declined over time, leading to a population dominated by young, small females with less spawning capacity.

  • Studying Marine Ecosystems in West Hawai'i

    Studying Marine Ecosystems in West Hawai'i

    Apr 19: Scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette will spend two weeks investigating marine ecosystems and underlying oceanography in West Hawai'i.

  • Visualizing 34 Years of Bering Sea Fisheries Data

    Visualizing 34 Years of Bering Sea Fisheries Data

    Apr 18: A new Alaska Fisheries Science Center study examines how fish populations changed over 34 years of varying ocean conditions, and may provide clues to how future changes will affect fisheries.

  • Mapping Oceans for a Sustainable Sea

    Mapping Oceans for a Sustainable Sea This is the Exit Disclaimer icon

    Apr 13: The 18th Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture will take place on Friday, April 28th and feature a lecture from ESRI Chief Scientist Dr. Dawn Wright on the history and importance of ocean mapping.

  • NOAA Fisheries Recognizes Alaskan Recovery Heroes

    NOAA Fisheries Recognizes Alaskan Recovery Heroes

    Apr 7: Alaska's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson received a Species in the Spotlight Recovery Hero Award for their contributions towards the recovery of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale.

  • NOAA Enforcement Releases Annual Report

    NOAA Enforcement Releases Annual Report

    Apr 5: Today, NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement released it's FY 2016 annual report including updates on investigations and staffing numbers.

  • Species Recovery Grants Support TurtleCam Research

    Species Recovery Grants Support TurtleCam Research

    Apr 4: The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries are using a grant from the NOAA Fisheries Species Recovery Grant program to conduct essential research on endangered leatherback sea turtles.

  • Monk Seal of the Month

    Monk Seal of the Month

    Apr 4: The Hawaiian monk seal of the month is RZ20, an adult female also known as Petunia. At 24 years old, she is the longest-lived seal known to be born in the main Hawaiian Islands.

  • NOAA Announces Final Rule for Dusky Sharks

    NOAA Announces Final Rule for Dusky Sharks

    Apr 3: Management measures included in this amendment to the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan aim to end overfishing and rebuild the overfished Atlantic dusky shark stock.

  • Coders Compete to Count Steller Sea Lions

    Coders Compete to Count Steller Sea Lions

    Mar 29: Alaska Fisheries Science Center researchers are working with the data-science site Kaggle to help automate processes, such as the Steller sea lion population count, to save time and money.

  • 2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary

    2016 West Coast Whale Entanglement Summary

    Mar 28: In 2016, 71 cases of entangled whales were reported off Washington, Oregon, California, and neighboring countries - the highest annual total for the West Coast since record keeping began in 1982.

  • Responding to the Oroville Dam Emergency

    Responding to the Oroville Dam Emergency

    Mar 28: Damage to the Oroville Dam spillways on February 7 threatened the health and safety of nearby communities and ecosystems alike.

  • How Removing Dams Changes River Channels

    How Removing Dams Changes River Channels

    Mar 27: Around the Northeast and throughout the country, aging dams are being removed to improve public safety and restore river and coastal ecosystems.

  • Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Awards Announced

    Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Awards Announced

    Mar 20: NOAA Fisheries' Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the New England Fishery Management Council announced 17 projects to be funded through the Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program.

  • Tour the  St. Louis River Estuary

    Tour the St. Louis River Estuary

    Mar 14: NOAA chose the St. Louis River Estuary as a Habitat Focus Area because of its historic pollution and great potential to provide clean habitat. Learn how local and federal partners are working to clean up the water and restore the watershed.

  • Partnerships Are Key to Seafood Sustainability

    Partnerships Are Key to Seafood Sustainability

    Mar 7: Acting Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, Sam Rauch, discusses seafood sustainability and the power of partnerships in this latest leadership message from NOAA Fisheries.

  • Project to Restore Oceanic Fish Now Underway

    Project to Restore Oceanic Fish Now Underway

    Mar 6: Louisiana fishermen volunteered to stop using their pelagic longline fishing gear in the Gulf of Mexico starting March 1 through June 30, 2017 to reduce fish mortality.

  • Nutrient Approval Is Victory for U.S. Fish Farmers

    Nutrient Approval Is Victory for U.S. Fish Farmers

    Mar 6: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved an ingredient for fish feed that provides fish farmers with more options and reduces our nation’s reliance on feed made of other fish. The ingredient is called taurine.

  • Researchers Return to Study Gray Seal Pups

    Researchers Return to Study Gray Seal Pups

    Mar 6: Researchers from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center spent a week gathering data from gray seal pups off southeastern Massachusetts. Similar studies have been underway for the past five years.

  • Seafood Expo North America 2017

    Seafood Expo North America 2017

    Feb 24: This year at Seafood Expo North America, NOAA Fisheries will have a co-exhibit with our federal partners engaged with facilitating the trade of seafood, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

  • The Common

    The Common "Sense" Way to View Majestic Whales

    Feb 17: When watching whales, be respectful of their size and power. Follow the responsible viewing guidelines known as Whale SENSE to make sure that you, and the whales, stay safe.

  • Tracking Technology: The Science of Finding Whales

    Tracking Technology: The Science of Finding Whales

    Feb 16: Whales are some of the largest creatures on Earth, but they are surprisingly elusive. Researchers use a variety of innovative technologies to track whales and better protect them in the future.

  • False Killer Whales: Sentinels of Ocean Health

    False Killer Whales: Sentinels of Ocean Health

    Feb 15: A small population of endangered false killer whales is receiving special attention in the Hawaiian Islands. Scientists are gaining valuable information about their lives thanks to recovery grants from NOAA Fisheries.

  • Dive into NOAA Fisheries Whale Week

    Dive into NOAA Fisheries Whale Week

    Feb 13: Celebrate whales along with NOAA Fisheries--the largest and oldest mammals on earth. 29 species of whales live in U.S. waters. Learn more about some of these species as well as NOAA's work to protect them.

  • NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Whale Week 2017

    NOAA Fisheries Celebrates Whale Week 2017

    Feb 13: Join us for Whale Week 2017—there is a lot to learn about the new ways our scientists are studying whales, what they are learning, and how we can all pitch in to help protect whales.

  • 10 Wonderful Whale Facts

    10 Wonderful Whale Facts

    Feb 13: How much do you know about different species of whales? As we celebrate Whale Week, take a look at some interesting tidbits and see if you learn something new about these majestic creatures.

  • Sperm Whales: Revealing the Mysteries of the Deep

    Sperm Whales: Revealing the Mysteries of the Deep

    Feb 13: Large, noisy, and often social, sperm whales are a remarkable species found from the equator to the poles. Learn four reasons why sperm whales are special.

  • The Expert Is In! Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales

    The Expert Is In! Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s Whales

    Feb 13: It is likely that fewer than 100 Bryde’s whales are living in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries experts answers your questions about this rare whale population.

  • Nutrient Approval is Victory for U.S. Fish Farmers

    Nutrient Approval is Victory for U.S. Fish Farmers

    Feb 9: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved an ingredient for fish feed that provides fish farmers with more options and reduces our nation’s reliance on feed made of other fish. The ingredient is called taurine.

  • Fisheries Scientists Help Enrich Student Learning

    Fisheries Scientists Help Enrich Student Learning

    Feb 7: The NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species program strives to build connections between NOAA Fisheries science and local communities, reaching 1,790 students in 95 classrooms in the 2015-16 school year.

  • Scientist and Farmer Grow Better Bivalves Together

    Scientist and Farmer Grow Better Bivalves Together

    Feb 3: An unlikely partnership between a scientist and a fisherman makes a successful duo not only in the half-shell market, but also in ecological restoration.

  • Monk Seal Population Increases for Past 3 Years

    Monk Seal Population Increases for Past 3 Years

    Jan 25: NOAA Fisheries announces the population increase of Hawaiian monk seals, a Species in the Spotlight.

  • NOAA Releases 2017 Biennial Report to Congress

    NOAA Releases 2017 Biennial Report to Congress

    Jan 18: NOAA releases the 2017 Biennial Report to Congress, which identifies nations reported to be engaged in illegal, unreported or unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.

  • President Honors NOAA Scientists for Research

    President Honors NOAA Scientists for Research

    Jan 13: President Obama honors NOAA early career scientists for innovative research. One NOAA Fisheries biologist and two atmospheric scientists will receive awards.

  • Study Pinpoints How Slowly Some AK Corals Grow

    Study Pinpoints How Slowly Some AK Corals Grow

    Jan 13: Corals provide a refuge for fish, but can be injured by disturbances. A new five-year study reveals that one species of Alaskan coral can take 60 years to grow to full size -- and may grow even more slowly in a warming ocean.

  • National Academies Releases New MRIP Review

    National Academies Releases New MRIP Review

    Jan 10: National Academies recognizes NOAA Fisheries for making “impressive progress” with its saltwater recreational information collection efforts.

  • Up to $100M in Restoration Funding Available

    Up to $100M in Restoration Funding Available

    Jan 5: Through this funding opportunity, NOAA seeks to collaborate with non-federal partners to accomplish common restoration goals related to marine and coastal natural resources damaged by hazardous waste, oil spills, and other physical impacts.

  • Funding Available for Innovative Bycatch Solutions

    Funding Available for Innovative Bycatch Solutions

    Jan 5: Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program announces funding opportunity.

  • Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

    Recovery Plan for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales

    Jan 4: NOAA Fisheries releases its recovery plan for the Cook Inlet beluga whale, one of eight endangered Species in the Spotlight.