Climate Change Efforts Forge Ahead Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act

NOAA Fisheries prioritized Inflation Reduction Act funding to support America’s marine resources, coastal communities, and economies in preparing for climate change in 2023–2024.

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Photo showing tail fluke of humpback whale named "Frosty." Photographs of humpback whale tails, identified through artificial intelligence-based image recognition much like facial recognition, allow researchers to track individual whales across oceans, revealing population growth recovering from industrial whaling — and more recently, decline from a major marine heatwave. This whale is known as “Frosty” CRC-12492, named for the snowman-shaped barnacle scars on the tail. Photo: Ted Cheeseman.
A metal floating wharf with a small boat attached. A small group of people standing on the wharf are talking. A metal machine for processing oysters is on the wharf, filled with oysters. A floating operations wharf with an oyster tumbler. Inside, workers remove barnacles from the oysters before they are graded and counted by an Oystek oyster grading machine. A solar-powered FLUPSY is attached to the wharf. During the 2024 Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Expo, Dale Leavitt, formerly of Roger Williams University, led a tour of Blue Stream Shellfish, which has been expanding in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Credit: Lynn Fantom
Calvin Alexander in yellow and orange gear holding large monkfish. Study Fleet scientist Calvin Alexander holding a monkfish.
A large shark on top of a tarp on a dock near the water, with three scientists standing nearby to examine it Heather Moncrief-Cox and researchers from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center examine the body of a deceased white shark. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Meaghan Emory
Humpback whale breaching out of the water in Maui, Hawai'i Humpback whale breaching off of Maui, Hawai’i. Credit: Ed Lyman taken under NOAA Fisheries Permit #14097
Smalltooth sawfish swims in shallow water. A beached sawfish in shallow water with a cut-off rostrum. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.