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09/27/2016 Scientists Count Steller Sea Lions with New Tech
Sep 27: NOAA scientists pore over thousands of images and combine data from advanced technologies to get an accurate count of endangered Steller sea lions.
09/01/2016 Research Expedition Tracks Elusive Beaked Whales
Sep 1: Marine mammal scientists are beginning a research expedition in search of the least known, most mysterious and deepest diving whales off the West Coast.
07/26/2016 Scientists Identify New Species of Beaked Whale
Jul 26: An international team of scientists who searched out specimens from museums and remote Arctic islands has identified a rare new species of beaked whale that ranges from northern Japan across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
07/12/2016 NOAA Releases Deep-Sea Coral Report to Congress
Jul 12: Get a quick and fascinating overview of deep-sea coral habitats from the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program 2016 Report to Congress.
06/01/2016 NOAA Releases Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap
Jun 1: NOAA releases a draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap for public review and comment.
05/16/2016 Making Way for Fish Migration
May 16: Celebrate World Fish Migration Day and learn how NOAA Fisheries works to promote fish passage, restore habitat, and protect migratory fish.
03/30/2016 Tracking El Niño and its Effects on Ocean Life
Mar 30: An interview with NOAA Fisheries’ two top scientists on the West Coast.
03/11/2016 Octopod Shows How Little We Know of Life on Earth
Mar 11: An interview with NOAA Fisheries zoologist Mike Vecchione.
02/24/2016 Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy Released
Feb 24: Comment now on NOAA's Draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy.
02/23/2016 Reddit AMA: The Science Behind Bycatch Reduction
Feb 23: Join us on Reddit and ask Fishery Management Specialist Lee Benaka questions about how science can help reduce bycatch between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST on Monday, February 29.
02/18/2016 2014 BREP Report to Congress
Feb 18: The 2014 Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program Report to Congress includes details on 16 projects funded with $2.4 million in FY2013.
02/17/2016 Tackling Bycatch in U.S. Fisheries
Feb 17: Assistant Administrator, Eileen Sobeck, discusses how we're working to tackle bycatch in U.S. fisheries.
02/16/2016 Electronic Monitoring
Feb 16: Scientists and fishermen are working together to design electronic monitoring systems, but there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
02/05/2016 $2.5M Available for Bycatch Innovations
Feb 5: NOAA Fisheries’ Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program announces 2016 funding opportunity.
02/02/2016 Magnuson Act Propels Our Science Into the Future
Feb 1: Forty years after its passage, the Magnuson-Stevens Act continues to propel our science into the future.
01/27/2016 Harmful Algal Blooms: A Sign of Things to Come?
Jan 27: An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Vera Trainer
01/13/2016 Automatic Whale Detector, Version 2.0
Jan 13: Last year scientists combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales. This year, they upgraded.
12/18/2015 Aerial Technology Aids Cook Inlet Beluga Whales
Dec 18: NOAA Fisheries launches aerial technology to help stranded endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, one of our Species in the Spotlight.
11/10/2015 Research to Yield Ecosystem-based Management Tools
Nov 10: Keeping close tabs on the health of marine ecosystems might soon get a bit easier thanks to an international team of scientists led by Jason Link, NOAA Fisheries senior scientist for ecosystem management.
09/25/2015 Help from Kelp
Sept 23: In the Pacific Northwest, NOAA scientists and partners are studying the potential for seaweed farms to help us fight ocean acidification by removing carbon dioxide from the ocean. The work is part of a project led by Puget Sound Restoration.
09/17/2015 To Tag a Sea Turtle: A Look Behind the Scenes
Sep 17: Ride along with scientists as they capture and tag sea turtles to get the information we need to protect these endangered species. Scientists were able to track the migrations of the turtles outfitted with satellite transmitters.
09/11/2015 Tagged Hammerhead Travels Widely in Pacific Waters
Sep 11: The first hammerhead shark fitted with a satellite tracking tag off Southern California has traveled more than 1,000 miles to Mexico and back again since NOAA Fisheries researchers tagged it near San Clemente Island about two months ago.
08/26/2015 NOAA's First Climate Science Strategy Announced
Aug 25: NOAA Fisheries announces it's first-ever Climate Science Strategy, which identifies seven key steps needed to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information.
08/24/2015 Eyes and Ears on the Water
Oct 16: Learn more about how we're pioneering new science for protected marine species.
08/17/2015 NOAA Fisheries Delivers World Class Science
Aug 17: Richard Merrick, Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries, recognizes NOAA Fisheries’ clear commitment to maintaining the United States as a world leader in marine resource science and stewardship.
07/24/2015 Killer Whales: The View From Above
Jul 24: A recently published journal article describes how scientists used UAV technology to get an entirely new view of a threatened population of killer whales.
07/20/2015 Field Guide: Nearshore Marine Fishes of Alaska
Jul 20: If you’re a fish biologist in Alaska, download a copy of this Handy Field Guide for your next expedition. And if you’re not, download one anyway. The pictures are awesome and the field guide is free.
06/09/2015 NOAA Effort Underway to Monitor Underwater Sound
Jun 9: Just how noisy is the ocean? Quiet enough to hear a pin drop or so noisy you can barely hear the person next to you? A new NOAA effort is underway to monitor underwater sound and answer these questions.
06/04/2015 The Pocket Shark: A Digital Dissection
Jun 4: To dissect an extremely rare specimen, scientists wield a digital scalpel.
06/01/2015 Funding to Add Tech to Fisheries Data Collection
Jun 1: Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded $3 million to 5 grant recipients working to systematically integrate new technologies into fisheries data collections and observations.
05/28/2015 Scientists Use UAV to Study Gray Whales from Above
May 28: A rare opportunity to study how the environment limits the growth of a recovered population of large whales.
05/21/2015 For Alaska Pollock Surveys, Things are Looking Up
May 21: To help estimate fish populations, scientists experiment with seafloor-mounted sonar systems that monitor fish in the water column above.
05/21/2015 DWH Oil Spill Contributed to Gulf Dolphin Deaths
May 21: A tissue study finds that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill contributed to a high number of Gulf dolphin deaths. The study finds petroleum contaminants the likely source of lung and adrenal lesions causing deaths.
05/13/2015 Warm Blood Makes Opah an Agile Predator
May 14: New research by NOAA Fisheries has revealed the opah, or moonfish, as the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds, giving it a competitive advantage in the cold ocean depths.
05/06/2015 Scientists Tag First Loggerhead off US West Coast
May 6: Data from the satellite tag should help scientists understand what habitats this endangered species uses and how to more effectively protect them.
04/29/2015 Exploring Cimate Change Impacts on Arctic Species
Apr 29: Today, NOAA Fisheries scientists released the findings of two research projects that shed light on how climate change may affect some Arctic marine species.
04/16/2015 Fish+Oil-5 Yrs of Research Since Deepwater Horizon
Apr 16: Scientists have shown that toxic compounds in oil target the still-forming hearts of larval fish, leading to developmental defects and reduced survival.
04/15/2015 Overfishing and Overfished Numbers at All Time Low
Apr 15: Numbers of fish on overfishing and overfished lists hit all-time lows. More from Status of U.S. Stocks 2014 Report to Congress.
04/14/2015 A High-Tech Expedition to Map the Seafloor
Apr 14: Scientists with NOAA’s National Ocean Service recently completed an 11-day mission to map undersea habitats in the Caribbean, including coral habitats used by valuable species of reef fish.
04/13/2015 Recreational Fisheries Policy Implementation Plan
Apr 13: NOAA Fisheries has a new plan for the path towards sustainable, high quality recreational fisheries.
03/31/2015 $2.5 M Available for Innovative Bycatch Solutions
Mar 31: NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Pre-proposals are due April 16 with full applications due by May 28, 2015.
03/19/2015 Listening for Cod
Mar 19: Scientists and fishermen are working together to locate spawning aggregations of Atlantic cod. The goal is to allow fish and fishermen to each go about their business separately.
03/02/2015 Flightless Bird and Manless Flight
Mar 2: NOAA Fisheries scientists use an unmanned aerial vehicle to study penguins and other predators in Antarctica. Photo credit: Michelle Goh (used with permission)
02/05/2015 Automatic Whale Detector, Version 1.0
Feb 9: Scientists have combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales.
01/28/2015 When Estimating Fish Numbers, Seeing is Believing
Jan 28: Adding video cameras to fish traps allows scientists to get more precise abundance estimates for several important species of reef fish.
01/21/2015 Climate and Fisheries: Q&A with a NOAA Scientist
Jan 21: As the climate changes, fish populations are moving in search of cooler waters. Jon Hare, director of the NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center Laboratory, studies how physical conditions in the ocean affect fish populations.
01/21/2015 NOAA Releases Draft Climate Strategy for Comment
Jan 21: NOAA Fisheries has released the draft Climate Science Strategy for public review and comment through March 31. The draft Strategy identifies seven key steps needed to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information.
01/13/2015 Research Discovery Exposes Loggerhead Lost Years
Jan 13: The discovery of numerous juvenile loggerhead turtles by a NOAA Fisheries research survey more than 200 miles off the Southern California Coast has revealed new details about a mysterious part of the endangered turtles’ epic migration.
12/15/2014 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.
12/14/2014 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.
12/11/2014 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.
11/25/2014 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.
11/12/2014 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.
11/05/2014 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.
11/03/2014 Marine Aquaculture in Your Region
Nov 3: Explore a sampling of the NOAA aquaculture collaborations occurring across the United States.
10/31/2014 Sea Turtle Skeletons Hold Clues for Conservation
Oct 30: The bones of sea turtles have annual rings like those found in trees, and chemical markers within them give scientists a detailed view of the animal's life history.
10/30/2014 Butterfish—Little Fish Big Science
Oct 30: The new stock assessment for butterfish accounted for the effects of ocean temperatures on the distribution of the stock, something that will become increasingly important as the climate changes and the oceans warm.
10/29/2014 NOAA Releases Annual Summary of U.S. Fisheries
Oct 29: NOAA Fisheries releases its annual summary report on U.S. recreational and commercial fishery landings which provide a snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation.
10/10/2014 Enhancing Climate Resilience of Natural Resources
Oct 9: The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience has released a report outlining four priority strategies to help make our natural resources more resilient to climate change, documenting progress, and providing roadmaps for the future.
10/09/2014 Making Strides in Bycatch Reduction Research
Oct 9: The 2013 BREP Report to Congress highlights outcomes and management applications of projects funded with $2.44 million in FY2012 in four priority areas.
10/08/2014 You've Never Seen Killer Whales Like This Before
Oct 8: For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above, giving them a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species.
09/30/2014 A Photographic Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
Oct 1: A NOAA Fisheries expedition maps deep-water corals in the Bering Sea to ensure that healthy ecosystems and large-scale fisheries continue to co-exist.
09/22/2014 NOAA and Partners Address Climate Change
Sep 22: A new report highlights progress taken across the nation to safeguard fish, wildlife, and plants in a changing climate.
09/05/2014 Satellite Tags Reveal How Animals See the Ocean
Sept 9: An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Jeffrey Polovina.
08/09/2014 Shark Conservation, Science, and Management
Aug 9: A closer look at NOAA's role in shark conservation, management, and policy.
07/28/2014 The Bycatch You Can’t See
Jul 28: Researchers tackle unseen crab mortality in Alaskan groundfish fisheries, win best paper award.
07/19/2014 Climate Data Reflects Trends of a Warming Planet
Jul 17: According to the State of the Climate in 2013 report, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet.
07/09/2014 How to get DNA from a Dolphin
Jul 9: A scientist at the NOAA Fisheries National Systematics Lab studies dolphins by analyzing their DNA. But first, she has to get their DNA.
06/26/2014 Changes in Forage Fish Affect Atlantic Cod
Jun 26: A new study shows that changes in forage fish abundance alter Atlantic cod distribution and affect success of the fishery.
06/25/2014 Special Report: Southern Resident Killer Whales
Jun 25: Today, NOAA Fisheries released a report highlighting the accomplishments of 10 years of dedicated research and conservation of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population.
06/24/2014 The Future of Stock Assessments
Jun 23: In our never-ending quest to improve our knowledge of fisheries, we’re constantly looking for ways to build upon our solid scientific foundation of counting fish and providing operational information to decision-makers.
06/19/2014 Underwater Robots Search for Sea Turtles
Jun 19: Scientists test out a new tool for keeping track of endangered populations of sea turtles: submersible robots with side-scan sonar.
06/17/2014 Celebrate Sea Turtle Week 2014
Jun 16: Celebrate Sea Turtle Week 2014 with us and learn more about the six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters.
06/10/2014 Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2014
Jun 10: Watch our new video to learn how NOAA puts actionable environmental information into the hands of people who need it.
05/16/2014 Salmon Restoration: Big Data from a Small Device
May 16: One of the biggest tools in salmon restoration is about the size of a grain of rice.
04/29/2014 NOAA Reports Show Strong Continued Improvements
Apr 29: Two new NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing and continued improvement in fish stocks.
04/28/2014 NOAA Commissions Survey Vessel Reuben Lasker
Apr 29: NOAA Fisheries’ new fishery survey vessel Reuben Lasker is 208-feet long, glides through the ocean as silent as a gray whale, and counts schools of fish with the speed of sound. It will be placed in active service on May 2, 2014.
04/24/2014 New Deep-Sea Coral Report Released
Apr 23: NOAA Fisheries announces the release of the 2014 Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Report to Congress, featuring the exciting discovery of deep-sea coral habitats and progress made in our regional research.
04/14/2014 Fisheries Economist Receives Presidential Award
Apr 15: Alan Haynie is being recognized for his innovative work to ensure that fishery rules promote sustainable fishing.
04/09/2014 Researching Ecosystem Effects on Fish Populations
Apr 9: Scientists seek to understand how physical and biological forces combine to drive fish productivity in the Gulf of Alaska.
03/24/2014 25 Years of Fisheries Research Since Exxon Valdez
Mar 24: Twenty-five years ago, relatively little was known about how oil spills affect fish populations. Today, scientists understand that the impacts can be more widespread and long-lasting than previously imagined.
03/24/2014 Crude Oil Causes Defects in Large Marine Fish
Mar 24: Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico causes severe defects in the developing hearts of bluefin and yellowfin tuna, according to a new study by a team of NOAA and academic scientists.
03/14/2014 NOAA Fisheries Science Program Review
Mar 14: We continually strive to advance the science informing fisheries and protected resources management, which includes a systematic review process of our science centers and headquarters Office of Science Tech.
03/13/2014 Protecting Threatened Ice Seals
Mar 13: How do NOAA Fisheries scientists protect threatened ice seals? Watch our video to learn the science behind their protection.
03/12/2014 Sound Science and Climate Change
Mar 11: As our climate changes, we must base our policies in sound science. Read what our chief scientist for NOAA Fisheries, Richard Merrick, has to say about the importance of sound science.
03/04/2014 Fish Stock Climate Vulnerability Assessment
Mar 4: NOAA Fisheries has developed the first methodology of its kind to rapidly assess the vulnerability of U.S. marine fish stocks to changing climate and ocean conditions.
02/20/2014 New Process to Help Prioritize Stock Assessments
Feb 20: NOAA Fisheries has prepared a system to help enhance the transparency and standardization with which each science center and fishery management council prioritizes fish stock assessments.
02/14/2014 A Changing Climate in Fisheries Management
Feb 14: How will we manage fish populations as they move in response to climate change? NOAA Fisheries biologist John Manderson is working on one small piece of the puzzle.
02/07/2014 NOAA Fisheries Publishes Bycatch Report Update
Feb 7: The U.S. National Bycatch Report First Edition Update 1 provides a national compilation of bycatch estimates for living marine resources (fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, seabirds, invertebrates) of the U.S. at the fishery and species level.
01/22/2014 Tagged Bluefin Tuna Recaptured After Sixteen Years
Jan 22: By tagging fish for NOAA’s Cooperative Tagging Program, fishermen have contributed greatly to our scientific understanding of many valuable species.
01/13/2014 The Abundant—But Not So Tasty—Giant Grenadier
Jan 13: If giant grenadier were tasty, you’d likely find it on the menu at your favorite seafood restaurant. Instead, find out what scientists are learning about this prolific, albeit not so tasty, deep-water fish.
01/06/2014 Long Live the King
Jan 7: To ensure a sustainable fishery, scientists are studying how red king crabs respond to a changing environment.
12/17/2013 NOAA Dedicates Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center
Dec 17: On December 16, NOAA held a dedication ceremony to unveil the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center located on Ford Island in Honolulu.
12/04/2013 A Changing Climate for Endangered Species
Dec 4: Scientists are working to ensure that the Endangered Species Act remains effective in the face of a changing climate. A special section in the latest issue of Conservation Biology highlights their progress.
11/20/2013 Scientists on the Hunt for Sturgeon Spawning Areas
Nov 20: Sturgeon are spawning again in the Chesapeake Bay, but they’ve been gone so long that we’ve forgotten the basic life history information we need to boost their recovery. That’s about to change.
11/20/2013 NOAA Social Scientists Dig into Sandy's Effects
Nov 20: NOAA social scientists dig into Sandy's long term effects on coastal fishing communities.
10/30/2013 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.
10/29/2013 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.
10/21/2013 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.
10/19/2013 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.
09/30/2013 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.
09/27/2013 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.
09/26/2013 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.
09/04/2013 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.
09/03/2013 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.
09/03/2013 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.
08/27/2013 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.
08/27/2013 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.
08/26/2013 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.
08/09/2013 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.
08/08/2013 Shattering Shark Myths
Aug 8: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
08/08/2013 Missed the #SharkWeekChat? Read Our Recap
Aug 9: Did you miss the #SharkWeekChat with our 2 shark experts? Get caught up.
08/06/2013 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.
08/06/2013 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.
07/25/2013 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).
07/22/2013 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.
07/16/2013 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.
07/15/2013 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.
07/15/2013 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.
07/11/2013 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.
07/09/2013 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.
06/26/2013 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.
06/25/2013 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.
06/24/2013 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.
06/20/2013 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.
06/14/2013 Turtles Have Fingerprints?
Jun 14: New genetic technique with turtles reveals paternity and more.
06/13/2013 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.
06/13/2013 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.
06/13/2013 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.
06/10/2013 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
06/06/2013 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.
06/05/2013 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.
05/16/2013 The Keratin Connection
May 16: Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.
05/02/2013 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.
05/01/2013 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).
04/30/2013 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.
04/22/2013 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.
04/11/2013 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.
04/02/2013 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.
04/01/2013 Technology Helps Fight Fraud—It’s No Joke
Apr 1: Learn how new traceability technology may help fight seafood fraud.
03/29/2013 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.
03/26/2013 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.
03/25/2013 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.
03/11/2013 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.
03/07/2013 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.
03/07/2013 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.
01/29/2013 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.
01/22/2013 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.
01/08/2013 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.
12/17/2012 Teachers Go High-Tech with Underwater Technology
Dec 17: What kind of underwater technologies did NOAA Teachers At Sea Alicia Gillean and Allan Phipps use when they were on research cruises this past summer?
11/27/2012 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.
11/26/2012 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.
10/31/2012 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.
10/10/2012 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.
10/10/2012 Ecosystem Factors and Assessments
10/03/2012 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.
10/02/2012 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.
10/01/2012 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.
09/26/2012 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.
09/24/2012 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.
09/19/2012 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.
09/18/2012 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.
09/18/2012 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.
08/30/2012 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.
08/28/2012 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.
08/27/2012 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.
08/24/2012 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.
08/17/2012 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.
08/16/2012 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.
08/15/2012 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.
08/15/2012 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.
08/14/2012 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.
08/13/2012 Shark Mythbusters
Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
08/13/2012 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.
08/13/2012 Shark Feature Stories
Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
08/09/2012 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.
08/08/2012 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.
08/08/2012 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.
07/30/2012 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.
07/26/2012 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.
07/24/2012 Northwest Science Center Deputy Director Announced
July 24: Today Dr. Mark Strom was announced as the permanent Northwest Fisheries Science Center Deputy Director.
07/23/2012 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.
07/20/2012 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.
07/19/2012 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.
07/16/2012 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?
07/11/2012 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.
07/10/2012 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. 
07/02/2012 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.
06/28/2012 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.
06/25/2012 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.
06/21/2012 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.
06/06/2012 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.
05/29/2012 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.
05/23/2012 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.
04/30/2012 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.
04/22/2012 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.
04/22/2012 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.
04/13/2012 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
04/11/2012 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.
04/04/2012 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.