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Climate Vulnerability Assessments

NOAA Fisheries assesses the vulnerability of fish stocks, protected species (mammals, sea turtles), habitats and fishing communities to changing climate and ocean conditions, to better prepare the many diverse people and businesses that depend on them.

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Photograph from the North Atlantic right whale Catalog #3560 of "Snow Cone," a North Atlantic right whale sighted December 2, 2021 that was entangled in gear and with a new calf. Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission taken under NOAA permit 20556. North Atlantic right whale Catalog #3560 ‘Snow Cone’ sighted December 2, 2021 entangled and with a new calf. Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission taken under NOAA permit 20556.
Graphic of globe showing sea surface height change from 1992 to 2019 Graphic of globe showing sea surface height change from 1992 to 2019. Credit: NASA.
Scientists sample water for pollock with large net Scientists sample for pollock. Credit: NOAA Fisheries
Rainbow over Mukilteo Field Station on the waterfront of Puget Sound in Mukilteo, Washington Rainbow over Mukilteo Field Station on the waterfront of Puget Sound in Mukilteo, Washington. Credit: NOAA Fisheries