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  • 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 - 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 - 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.
  • 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 - Sept 20: The southern stock of black sea bass has been successfully rebuilt and annual catch limits will now more than double.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seafood Fraud—Detection and Prevention - Jul 17: Learn how NOAA's Seafood Inspection Program works to help ensure that the seafood you buy is what the seller claims it is. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Largest Oyster Restoration in Chesapeake Bay - May 29: There are three important things to consider when building an oyster reef: location, location, location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Technology Helps Fight Fraud—It’s No Joke - Apr 1: Learn how new traceability technology may help fight seafood fraud.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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 - 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.
  • 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.  
  • Our Top 12 Stories From 2012 - Dec. 20: It has been an exciting year at NOAA Fisheries. As we look forward to 2013, take a look back at our twelve most popular stories from 2012.
  • Bob Dooley Fishes for Whiting off the West Coast - Dec 3: Bob Dooley fishes for Bering Sea pollock, Pacific cod, West Coast whiting, and dungeness crabs. In this photo, a fisherman hauls pollock onto the Pacific Prince, one of Dooley's vessels.
  • Fishery Data, On the Double - Nov 26: Collaboration between NOAA and the fishing industry allows for more efficient and accurate data collection in two valuable Pacific fisheries—hake and sardine.
  • Advancing Designs for Innovative Fish Passage - Nov 27: To facilitate fish passage in Washington's Baker River, NOAA Fisheries engineers worked closely with Puget Sound Energy to design an innovative fish passage system.
  • Tackling Seafood Fraud - Nov 15: Find out how NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement helps tackle seafood fraud.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Today's Fresh Catch—Invasive Snakehead - April 22: Local seafood company and restaurant are battling invasive snakehead populations in a unique way—by creating a market for these fish and eating them.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet Bill Dewey, Shellfish Farmer - Dec 8: This month, as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Waterfront series, we feature Bill Dewey of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington.Take a look at the unique role aquaculture plays in the local culture and economy.
  • 'Top Chef' Contestant Cooks Up Sustainable Seafood - Oct. 21: More than 200,000 visitors travelled to Morehead City, North Carolina this month to celebrate seafood. Among the chefs at this year's festival, was Keith Rhodes, one of the contestants from the popular BRAVO reality TV show, "Top Chef."
  • Celebrating National Seafood Month - Oct 6: October is National Seafood Month, a time to highlight smart seafood choices, sustainable fisheries, and the health benefits of eating a diet rich in seafood.