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  • 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.
  • Fisheries Economist Receives Presidential Award - Apr 15: Alan Haynie is being recognized for his innovative work to ensure that fishery rules promote sustainable fishing.
  • MAFAC Seafood Certification Recommendations - Mar 18: In mid-2012, NOAA Fisheries asked MAFAC to explore the creation of a NOAA certification mark or other acknowledgement that could certify sustainability of domestic wild-caught and aquaculture fishery products.
  • 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.
  • Six Fisheries to Receive Disaster Relief Funds - Feb 26: Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that $75 million appropriated by Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2014 federal budget will be allocated to six fisheries across the country declared fishery disasters.
  • NOAA Selects New Great Lake Habitat Focus Areas - Feb 20: NOAA has chosen two sites in the Great Lakes—Muskegon Lake and the St. Louis River estuary—as the next Habitat Focus Areas under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint.
  • Northeast Regional Office Changes Name to GARFO - Feb 10: NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office is now the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.
  • 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.
  • New Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Named - Jan 15: Today, NOAA announces the selection of Eileen Sobeck as the new Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries.
  • 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.
  • Obama Announces Key ICCAT Post - Dec 16: President Obama has announced his intent to appoint Eugenio Piñeiro-Soler as U.S. Commercial Commissioner to The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
  • What's Happening to Our Coastal Wetlands? - Nov 21: The U.S. is losing wetland habitat at a rate of 7 football fields an hour. Learn more about wetland loss in the new report by NOAA and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Steller Performance - Nov 18: The Eastern population of Steller sea lions, now recovered, is off the threatened species list under the Endangered Species Act.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Survey Identifies What Anglers Care Most About - Oct 24: What matters most to saltwater recreational anglers? Results from a new NOAA Fisheries survey aim to begin answering that question.
  • NOAA Awards $36 Million for Coastal Restoration - Oct 23: NOAA is awarding $36 million for more than 40 coastal habitat restoration projects across the United States. These projects will restore up to 16,000 acres of habitat, and open nearly 400 stream miles for fish passage.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Funding Innovation in Bycatch Reduction - Sept 19: Through its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program, NOAA Fisheries recently funded 16 projects focused on the research and development of innovative approaches for reducing bycatch.
  • What's Causing Bottlenose Dolphins to Strand? - Aug 27: NOAA Fisheries shares what it has learned as likely culprit behind bottlenose dolphin strandings in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • 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.
  • Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event in Mid-Atlantic - Aug 12: Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through the present.
  • Grants Awarded to Support Species Recovery - Aug 2: Federal grants are available to State and Tribal agencies for species recovery projects, like this project to remove the Veazie Dam (credit Penobscot River Restoration Trust)
  • Fishermen, Boaters Seek Shelter During Storms - June 25: This week is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, and NOAA's National Weather Service cautions fishermen and boaters to stay indoors during thunderstorms for their safety.
  • Regional Fishery Management Council Appointments - Jun 20: The Commerce Department announces the appointment of 20 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils.
  • 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.
  • NOAA Names Wieting Director of Protected Resources - May 14: Today, NOAA Fisheries announced that Donna Wieting has been appointed as the new director for the Office of Protected Resources. She will begin this new assignment on May 20, 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.
  • 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.
  • Congressional Hearing Held on Fisheries Management - Mar 19: Eric Schwaab will be testifying on behalf of NOAA at a Congressional hearing today entitled “Developments and Opportunities in U.S. Fisheries Management."
  • Sharks Win Protection at CITES - Mar 14: Countries voted to increase protection for five commercially-exploited species of sharks and manta rays. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.
  • Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Efforts Underway - Nov 14: Learn more about our current and on-going efforts to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which sets standards for conservation, management, and sustainable use of our nation’s fisheries resources. 
  • 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.
  • New Rec Fish Working Group Members Named - Feb 27: Nine new members were appointed to the Recreational Fisheries Working Group to represent marine recreational fishing interest across the nation and to provide advice to the agency’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).
  • NOAA and EPA Release Coastal Wetlands Reviews - Feb 5: NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency release four regional Coastal Wetland Reviews. These include recent trends that can help state and local wetlands managers determine what is needed to address the ongoing loss of wetlands.
  • NOAA Names Lipton 1st Senior Research Economist - Jan 31: NOAA Fisheries announces Dr. Doug Lipton as the first-ever Senior Research Economist. Lipton will provide leadership and strategic direction to the agency’s economics and social science research program.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the Field With Ice Seals - Dec 21: What's it like to be in the field with ice seals? What kind of technology do we use to study them? Marine ecologist Peter Boveng answers these questions and more.
  • Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan Drafted - Dec 7: Recognizing the importance of migratory fish in the Cape Fear River basin, NOAA and stakeholders drafted the Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish. This draft is open for public comment until December 19, 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Disaster Determinations for Commercial Fisheries - Sept 13: Today, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank issued disaster determinations for commercial fishery failures in the Northeast, Alaska, and in Mississippi.
  • Grants Awarded for Marine Mammal Rescue - Aug 31: NOAA Fisheries awards 39 grants to participants of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network to respond to sick, injured, or stranded marine mammals and investigate health concerns for these populations in the wild.
  • 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.
  • Sutter Named New Director of Habitat Conservation - Aug 15: Buck Sutter was recently named the Director for the Office of Habitat Conservation at NOAA Fisheries.
  • 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.
  • Northwest Science Center Deputy Director Announced - July 24: Today Dr. Mark Strom was announced as the permanent Northwest Fisheries Science Center Deputy Director.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Healthy Habitat Foundation of Abundant Fisheries - July 16: At NOAA Fisheries, we are charged with taking care of our nation’s fish and living marine resources. But healthy marine life depends on healthy habitat—the places where these animals feed, grow, reproduce, and raise their young.
  • Bullard Named Northeast Regional Administrator - July 2: Today John K. Bullard was named the Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office.
  • Last Annual Catch Limit Put in Place - July 2: On June 29, 2012, a significant milestone was achieved when NOAA Fisheries approved the last Fishery Management Plan amendment putting annual catch limits and accountability measures into place.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Regional Fishery Council Appointments Announced - June 25: U.S. Commerce Department announces the appointment of 30 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA's Fisheries Service to manage ocean fisheries.
  • Crimes Against Marine Mammals—New Exhibit Opens - May 22: NOAA Fisheries and the Crime Museum open new exhibit "Crimes Against Marine Mammals," celebrating 40 years of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and highlighting Act violations, investigations, and protection measures.
  • Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries - May 14: A record number of fish stocks are declared rebuilt in 2011, bringing us closer to our goal of turning the corner on ending overfishing.
  • Schwaab Addresses 6th World Fisheries Congress - May 11: Eric Schwaab delivered closing remarks at the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, which examined "Sustainable Fisheries in a Changing World." More than 1,300 delegates from 65 countries attended.
  • Catch Limits in Place for 2012 Fishing Season - Mar 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Deputy Administrator for Conservation and Management, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries for the 2012 fishing season.
  • 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.
  • President's Proposed FY13 Budget Released - Feb 13: The President’s FY2013 Budget is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules. We must focus our efforts on education, innovation and building.
  • NOAA Honors the Fishery Management Councils - Jan. 30: NOAA's Fisheries honored the fishery management councils for their role in shaping the science-based management of U.S. fisheries.
  • Schwaab: Catch Limit Milestone Now within Reach - Jan. 9: This statement from Eric Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, highlights how NOAA Fisheries will have all Annual Catch Limits in place for federally managed fisheries before the start of the 2012 fishing season.