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  • Consensus Reached on Ways to Assist Fishermen - May 28: States reach consensus on plans to distribute New England groundfish disaster funds.
  • Northeast Regional Office Changes Name to GARFO - Feb 10: NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office is now the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.
  • NOAA Social Scientists Dig into Sandy's Effects - Nov 20: NOAA social scientists dig into Sandy's long term effects on coastal fishing communities.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 1st NOAA Senior Scientist for Ecosystem Management - Dec 3: NOAA Fisheries announces Dr. Jason Link as the first-ever Senior Research Scientist for Ecosystem Based Management. Managing for healthy and productive ecosystems is at the core of NOAA's work.
  • Herring Recovery at Plymouth Rock - Nov 20: A herring recovery story for Thanksgiving: roughly 150,000 herring will be swimming up Town Brook in Massachusetts to get to Billington Sea this spring.
  • Meet a Fourth Generation Fisherman from Maine - Nov 7: Meet Terry Alexander, a fourth generation fisherman from Harpswell, Maine, who is collaborating with other fishermen, scientists, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to help revive redfish fishing.
  • 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.
  • Methot Named Science Advisor for Stock Assessments - Oct 9: NOAA Fisheries announces Dr. Rick Methot as the first NOAA Science Advisor for Stock Assessments. One of Dr. Methot's priorities will be facilitating a national approach to stock assessments across the agency.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Restoration Turns Landfill into Productive Wetland - Aug 29: The Lincoln Park restoration project in Jersey City, New Jersey turned a once-barren landfill into a functioning wetland, teeming with fish, birds, and other wildlife.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Captain Brings Fishermen to Striped Bass and More - July 31: Capt. Kalil Boghdan of Hamilton, Massachusetts, brings small groups of anglers on his shallow-draft outboard vessel to fish for striped bass and bluefish off the North Shore of Massachusetts.
  • Bullard Named Northeast Regional Administrator - July 2: Today John K. Bullard was named the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office.
  • 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.
  • Karp Named as NE Fisheries Science Center Director - June 26: Dr. Karp's scientific expertise includes fisheries acoustics, survey design and innovation, bycatch assessment and management, and fishery-dependent data collection and interpretation. 
  • 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.
  • Teacher at Sea Gets Video Send Off from Students - May 21: Before NOAA Teacher at Sea Kristy Weaver sets sail on the R/V Savannah for an 8 day reef fish cruise this week, her excited first grade class created a video trailer for the trip. Take a look.
  • Scalloping—A Big and Growing Business - May 7: NOAA announces scallop catch will fund 13 cooperative research projects between fishermen and NOAA scientists. Bob Keese, a scallop fisherman out of Chatham, Massachusetts, discusses harvesting sea scallops and the industry.
  • Fishermen Sell Local Catch at Farmers Markets - May 7: Meet Ann and Capt. Richard Cook of Charleston, Rhode Island, who sell locally caught, fresh seafood at farmers markets, restaurants, and through their community supported fishery program.
  • Conserving the Cape Fear River - April 16: NOAA and partners develop a large-scale action plan to improve declining migratory fish populations and river habitat in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River.
  • Porpoise Bycatch Prevented with Proper Pinger Use - Oct. 7: The correct-use of warning systems on fishing gear in the Northeast has become increasingly important for protecting harbor porpoise, one of the region's most vulnerable marine mammals.