Rich In Science
To learn more about NOAA Fisheries science, check out these stories and podcasts by our science writer, Rich Press. You can also follow Rich on Twitter @Rich_NOAAFish.
June 10, 2016
An interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist and sea turtle scientist Manjula Tiwari.
March 30, 2016
An interview with NOAA Fisheries’ two top scientists on the West Coast.
March 11, 2016
In this interview, NOAA Fisheries zoologist Mike Vecchione says that of all the space on Earth that contains multicellular life, over 95 percent of that is in the deep sea. And we know almost nothing about it.
March 10, 2016
Fewer than 100 vaquita remain, making this species of porpoise the most endangered marine mammal in the world.
February 16, 2016
Scientists and fishermen are working together to design electronic monitoring systems, but there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
February 1, 2016
In drought-stricken California, scientists track migrating Chinook salmon to make the most efficient use of scarce water resources.
January 27, 2016
An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Vera Trainer.
January 13, 2016
Last year scientists combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales. This year, they upgraded.
January 11, 2016
An interview with Dr. Michael Rubino, director of NOAA Fisheries' Office of Aquaculture.
December 30, 2015
NOAA Fisheries scientist Bill Peterson tracks the effects of climate change, El Niño, and "The Blob" on life in the ocean.
December 7, 2015
An interview with NOAA Fisheries biologist Rory Saunders.
October 21, 2015
Unmanned aerial vehicle allows scientists to study killer whale health and reproduction while also offering a glimpse into the family life of these social animals.
September 8, 2015
With Chinook salmon facing lethally high stream temperatures, scientists deploy a new device to help manage the dwindling supply of cold water that the fish need to survive.
August 25, 2015
Climate change is already having a big effect on our fisheries. In this podcast, Roger Griffis, climate change coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, discusses the challenges and the opportunities ahead.
August 10, 2015
To save endangered white abalone, scientists are working to breed them in captivity. But first they have to figure out how to turn white abalone on.
August 4, 2015
New research reveals that dam passage can leave smolts with long-lasting injuries that make them vulnerable to predators far downstream.
July 24, 2015
A recently published journal article describes how scientists used UAV technology to get an entirely new view of a threatened population of killer whales.
July 20, 2015
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.
June 17, 2015
The Leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it's also among the most endangered.
June 17, 2015
Ride along with scientists as they capture and tag sea turtles to get the information we need to protect these endangered species.
June 4, 2015
To dissect an extremely rare specimen, scientists wield a digital scalpel.
May 28, 2015
A rare opportunity to study how the environment limits the growth of a recovered population of large whales.
May 21, 2015
To help estimate fish populations, scientists experiment with seafloor-mounted sonar systems that monitor fish in the water column above.
May 6, 2015
Data from the satellite tag should help scientists understand what habitats loggerheads use and how to more effectively protect this endangered species.
April 30, 2015
NOAA Fisheries wildlife biologist Sharon Melin describes conditions at the sea lion rookeries on the Channel Islands, where pups are going hungry because unusually warm water along the Pacific coast has made it more difficult for their mothers to find food.
April 16, 2015
Scientists have shown that toxic compounds in oil target the still-forming hearts of larval fish, leading to developmental defects and reduced survival.
April 15, 2015
Gag grouper is the 37th stock to be rebuilt since 2000, according to NOAA Fisheries' 2014 Status of Stocks report.
April 14, 2015
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.
March 19, 2015
Scientists and fishermen are working together to locate spawning aggregations of Atlantic cod. The goal is to allow cod and fishermen to each go about their business separately.
March 2, 2015
NOAA Fisheries scientists use an unmanned aerial vehicle to study penguins and other predators in Antarctica. Photo credit: Michelle Goh (used with permission).
February 9, 2015
Scientists have combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales.
January 28, 2015
Adding video cameras to fish traps allows scientists to get more precise abundance estimates for several important species of reef fish.
January 21, 2015
Learn what NOAA Fisheries scientist Jon Hare has to say about how fish are responding to changing ocean temperatures and what we need to do about it.
December 23, 2014
A record number of sea turtles have stranded after being cold-stunned this fall. The Sea Turtle Stranding Network is bringing them in from the cold.
December 15, 2014
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 how NOAA Fisheries and other agencies use ShoreZone data and images.
December 11, 2014
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.
November 12, 2014
An interview with Dr. Clay Porch, the NOAA Fisheries scientist who chaired the assessment for the Western stock of Atlantic bluefin tuna.
October 30, 2014
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.
October 30, 2014
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.
October 14, 2014
An interview with Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs at NOAA Fisheries.
October 7, 2014
For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above. This gives scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species.
October 2, 2014
Scientists work to ensure that healthy ecosystems and large-scale fishing can continue to co-exist in the Bering Sea.
September 9, 2014
An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Jeffrey Polovina.
August 12, 2014
Whale sharks spend much of their lives wandering the high seas alone, so very little is known about them. The lack of information is surprising, considering that they stand out as the largest fish in existence. Of course you already knew that, but here are six other facts that you might not have known about whale sharks.
August 9, 2014
An incisive account of how our knowledge of sharks has grown, from Aristotle to the present day, wins a Best Paper Award from the Marine Fisheries Review.
August 7, 2014
New research reveals that Atlantic white sharks, which were hunted indiscriminately for almost two decades following the release of the movie Jaws, have slowly been making a comeback.
July 28, 2014
Researchers tackle unseen crab mortality in Alaskan groundfish fisheries, win Best Paper Award.
July 17, 2014
NOAA Fisheries scientists keep track of how many gray whale calves are born each winter, and it looks like this was a banner year for calf production.
July 9, 2014
A scientist at the NOAA Fisheries National Systematics Lab studies dolphins by analyzing their DNA. But first, she has to get their DNA.
June 23, 2014
NOAA Fisheries scientists develop a new, environmentally friendly technology to increase yields at oyster hatcheries.
June 19, 2014
Scientists test out a new tool for keeping track of endangered populations of sea turtles: submersible robots with side-scan sonar.
June 18, 2014
NOAA Fisheries veterinarian, Brian Stacy, describes a very unusual attempt to rescue the eggs of a sea turtle that was hit and killed by a boat.
June 3, 2014
Should the Bering Sea canyons be closed to fishing to protect sensitive habitats? Here are a few FAQs about the science and the decision-making.
May 16, 2014
One of the biggest tools in salmon restoration is about the size of a grain of rice.
April 23, 2014
Scientists have discovered the source of the "bio-duck" sound, a strange noise that has mystified scientists and submarine captains in the ocean off Antarctica for decades.
April 14, 2014
Alan Haynie is being recognized for his innovative work to ensure that fishery rules promote sustainable fishing.
April 9, 2014
Scientists seek to understand how physical and biological forces combine to drive fish productivity in the Gulf of Alaska.
March 29, 2014
Every year, scores of whales become entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. Atlantic coast. The Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network works to save them.
March 24, 2014
Before Exxon Valdez, scientists focused on the visibly obvious and acute impacts of oil spills. Today they also focus on the subtle, lingering, and more widespread effects.
March 13, 2014
According to the American Fisheries Society, the scientific name for Alaska pollock has changed. But it will take several years for all the agencies that regulate trade in seafood products to update their nomenclature. In the meantime, it’s business as usual.
March 11, 2014
Scientists recently mapped the migration routes of baby loggerhead sea turtles for the first time. It took four scientists and one manicurist to make this breakthrough possible.
February 13, 2014
How will we manage fish populations as the climate changes? NOAA Fisheries biologist John Manderson is working on one small piece of the puzzle.
December 23, 2013
Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.
November 4, 2013
To ensure a sustainable future for aquaculture, scientists are developing alternative aquaculture feeds that use few or no ingredients from wild caught fish.
October 18, 2013
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.
October 24, 2013
A NOAA biologist who necropsied this strange and mysterious fish shares his theory of how two of them ended up on the beach.
September 3, 2013
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.
August 4, 2013
Can a special type of hook called a circle hook help vulnerable shark populations to recover? Scientists and fishermen team up to find out.
June 27, 2013
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.
June 3, 2013
Scientists and fishermen work together to understand how walleye pollock respond to a changing environment.
May 16, 2013
Experts with very different backgrounds join forces to protect endangered sea turtles.
May 16, 2013
As NOAA biologists work to re-establish runs of coho salmon in California, they aim to bring back some of the diversity of the wild populations that once thrived there.
May 16, 2013
Scientists map out distinct populations of endangered fin whales based on differences in their song.