We're taking a look at our top stories, photos, podcasts, and videos of 2022. Did yours make the list? Scroll on and see which features were most popular this year.
1. "Izzy" the Dolphin: Making her Story Matter
Our most popular story of the year covers how persistent human interactions mean a life away from her natural home.
2. Two Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Funding Opportunities Open Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, One Focused on Underserved Communities
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law presents an once-in-a-generation opportunity to make an impact for coastal ecosystems and communities, and it was our second most popular feature in 2022.
3. Snow Cone Watch: Updates on Entangled Right Whale Mother and Newborn Calf
An entangled North Atlantic right whale, known as Snow Cone, and her newborn calf captured people's hearts early in 2022. While their current status is not clear, it's worth revisiting. Their story rounded out our top three. Remember, If you see any right whale, move at least 500 yards away—it’s best for the whales and it’s the law.
4. 11 Strange but True Facts about Lancetfish
Have you ever heard of a lancetfish? This list of strange (but true!) facts on this unusual fish found in Alaskan marine waters was our fourth most popular piece inn 2022.
5. NOAA Seeks Information about a Live Dolphin Impaled in the Head on Fort Myers Beach
Number five on our list is a feature on law enforcement reaching out for tips to solve the case of a live dolphin impaled in the head.
A photo is worth a thousand words! This year's top photos included fish, whales, turtles, Antarctic fur seals, Hawaiian monk seals, krill, and even a puffin! Check out some of most liked and looked-at photos of 2022 in the collage below.
1. Reducing Bycatch Through Innovation
Our most downloaded podcast this year features innovations in gear that are helping to reduce bycatch across the country.
2. Aquaculture: Policy and Possibilities
Our second most popular podcast features aquaculture or farmed seafood. Aquaculture is important for nutrition, for local jobs, for climate-ready food systems, and for collaboration between wild capture and aquaculture to put U.S. seafood back on U.S. plates.
3. A New Strategy for Equity and Environmental Justice at NOAA Fisheries
A new national, comprehensive strategy around equity and environmental justice is centered around fairness for all. This is our third most popular podcast of the year!
4. Exploring Solutions for Sea Turtle Bycatch
Coming in at number four are solutions for sea turtle bycatch! For Sea Turtle Week 2022, we talked with Barbara Schroeder, National Sea Turtle Coordinator, about bycatch innovations that are helping sea turtles thrive and how we work with fishermen to reduce bycatch.
5. Surveying the Southeast: Diverse Ecosystems, Abundant Recreational Fishing, and Sharks
Our fifth most popular podcast discusses the ocean ecosystems of southeastern United States. They encompass parts of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn how the Southeast Fisheries Science Center supports them all.
1. Understanding Unusual Mortality Events
2. Estuary Habitat
3. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
4. A Community Comes Together for a Gray Seal
5. Spooky Fish that Are Actually Delish
Thanks for joining us in 2022. We look forward to more stories, photos, podcasts, and videos in 2023 to share our mission.