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  • NOAA Focuses on Russian River Habitat - Jan 31: As part of NOAA’s agency-wide Habitat Blueprint effort, the Russian River Valley watershed will be the first Habitat Focus Area. These are areas where we can pool resources and expertise to maximize conservation.
  • Prestigious Award for River Basin Management - Jan 28: NOAA salmon recovery partner in the Willamette Valley receives the Thiess International River prize for outstanding, visionary, and sustainable programs in river basin management.
  • Reintroducing Steelhead in Deschutes River Basin - Jan 16: Steelhead will once again be able to call Oregon's Deschutes River Basin home. NOAA will be proceeding with steelhead reintroduction efforts by designating a population as "experimental" under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Research Station Provides Big Scientific Value - Jan 2: NOAA Fisheries has many research stations throughout the Northwest helping contribute to our understanding of marine resources. Learn more about Point Adams Research Station in Oregon.
  • Investing in Marine Habitat Restoration - Dec 7: Healthy habitat is critical to recover and sustain fish populations. NOAA's Restoration Center is currently soliciting applications for restoration projects that use a habitat-based approach to foster species recovery and increase fish production.
  • Wave of the Future—New Integrated Technology - Dec 5: What do you get when you cross a wave glider with an acoustic tool and a smartphone? Integrated technology that may provide new, low-cost methods to research marine life and conducting fisheries surveys.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Restoring Fish Habitat in Oregon Creates Jobs - Aug 23: Watershed and fish habitat restoration in Oregon boosts local economies, with jobs that can’t be outsourced. Restoration projects create demand for local businesses and provide long term benefits to the environment and the economy.
  • 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.
  • Northwest Science Center Deputy Director Announced - July 24: Today Dr. Mark Strom was announced as the permanent Northwest Fisheries Science Center Deputy Director.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exploring Climate Impacts on Coastal Cultures - July 18: NOAA and partners explore how climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures during the First Stewards symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stein Named Northwest Science Center Director - Mar 7: Stein will head the regional fisheries scientific arm for the agency, overseeing approximately 360 employees in more than six locations in Washington and Oregon.
  • Good News for West Coast Groundfish Catch Shares - Feb 22: West Coast commercial groundfish fishermen saw their revenues and efficiency increase substantially during the last year under a new fishery management system known as catch shares.
  • New Initiative to Support Puget Sound Shellfish - Dec 9: Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire today unveiled the Washington Shellfish Initiative, a collaborative effort to restore and expand Washington’s shellfish resources and promote clean-water commerce and jobs.
  • 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.
  • Bringing Back the Abalone - Oct. 3, 2011: Faced with a variety of threats, including disease and illegal harvest, abalone are endangered in some parts of the Northwest. But new NOAA-funded research could restore their numbers.