From crabs to octopuses, clams to marine worms, invertebrates play an important role in ocean ecosystems. They form the basis of the food chain for fish, marine mammals, and humans. Together with our partners, we study, manage, and protect numerous species within this diverse group of animals.


NOAA Live! Alaska

NOAA Live! Alaska is a series of webinars that connects NOAA scientists and partners with students, teachers, and Alaska communities.

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Enhancing Ocean Models to Predict Future Fish Stock Sizes

In the ocean, microscopic plants called phytoplankton form the basis of the marine food chain. Production and species diversity of phytoplankton varies depending on environmental conditions (e.g., water temperature, nutrients, and light availability)…

Hitting Us Where it Hurts: The Untold Story of Harmful Algal Blooms

Learn more about how harmful algal blooms hurt our economy.

Aquaculture and Marine Fish and Shellfish Research in the Pacific Northwest

Sustainable fish and shellfish aquaculture promotes blue-green jobs, decreases pressure on the wild fishery and produces a healthy food product. Also, we can use artificial propagation for wild shellfish restoration.  We develop and optimize…


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