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Southwest

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Science Behind What Sharks Eat - Sept 14: Scientists examine the stomach contents of shortfin mako, blue, and common thresher sharks to identify differences in foraging preferences across species and better understand impacts of environmental conditions based on these differences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet Phil Harris, Black Cod Fisherman - Mar 9: This month, as part of NOAA’s Voices from the Waterfront series, we feature Phil Harris in Southern California Bight. Take a look at how this commercial fisherman delivers fresh sustainable fish to the public.
  • Final Recovery Plan Issued for Steelhead Trout - Jan. 12: NOAA Fisheries Service issued a final Recovery Plan designed to stabilize and eventually restore steelhead trout numbers in coastal streams from the Santa Maria River in Santa Barbara County south to the United States and Mexico border.
  • Scientists: 2007 Oil Spill Lethal to Fish Embryos - Jan. 5: NOAA scientists and partners recently reported that Pacific herring embryos in shallow waters died in unexpectedly high numbers following the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco Bay.
  • Scientists, Anglers Work to Stop Thresher Tailspin - Dec 6: The Southern California coast is hot spot for the thresher shark, a recreational fishing favorite. Now, anglers and scientists are working to save this species using better methods to reel them in.
  • Bacterial Infection Cause of Dolphin Deaths - Oct. 27: NOAA has identified the bacteria Brucella in five bottlenose dolphins that died in the northern Gulf of Mexico. These five are among 580 dolphins in higher than expected strandings that began in February 2010.
  • Art of the Monterey Bay Life Cycle - Oct. 20: A new art exhibit at the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum highlights the natural flux of ocean temperature, nutrients and species that cycle every few decades on the California coast.