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Studying Sound in the Ocean to Prepare for Offshore Wind Development

NOAA Fisheries scientists talk about passive acoustic monitoring and where it fits into the country's renewable energy strategy.
May 09, 2024 - Podcast ,
Overcast day with mostly gray and silver tones. In the background at left, a line of 8 offshore windmills tower over the horizon. In the foreground, a small boat open-decked boat with a flat roof is silhouetted against a shining sea A small fishing vessel near wind turbines. Credit: Bob Brewer on Unsplash

Pacific Islands ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest: Winners

Check out the winning K–12 student art from the 2023 ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest.
January 25, 2024 - Photo Gallery ,
Color paper cut into various shapes to make a whale and oceanic element pieces.

Pacific Islands ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest: Honorable Mentions

Check out K–12 student art that received honorable mention in the 2023 ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest.
January 25, 2024 - Photo Gallery ,
Artwork featuring two scalloped hammerhead sharks swimming in the water with rays of gold, blue, and white paint surrounding them.

Climate Change and Marine Animals: A Conservation Challenge

Climate-driven changes such as higher ocean temperatures and extreme weather events are affecting the health of marine animals—and their ability to survive.
May 24, 2023 - Video ,
Two humpback whales swimming underwater. The water is very blue, and the surface is visible just above their heads. Humpback whales swimming underwater. Credit:

Whales, Dolphins, and Seabirds in the Hawaiian Archipelago

A photo gallery of the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey in 2023.
March 06, 2023 - Photo Gallery ,

50 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals

A look at the Marine Mammal Protection Act's many advancements and accomplishments in the last 50 years.
February 02, 2023 - Podcast ,
Pair of bottlenose dolphins Pair of bottlenose dolphins. Credit: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Morse.

What the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act Means to Us

On the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries staff reflect on 50 years of marine mammal conservation accomplishments and look forward.
October 04, 2022 - Photo Gallery ,
Image of a narwhal with quote from Allison Hernandez

Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey 2021

Photos from the Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey in 2021.
April 29, 2021 - Photo Gallery ,
Striped dolphins seen offshore of the Mariana Archipelago in summer 2018.

Searching for Type D: A New Species of Killer Whale?

In January, 2019, an experienced group of killer whale biologists launched an expedition from the southern tip of Chile into some of the roughest waters in the world, searching for what could be a new species of killer whale.
February 10, 2020 - Video ,
Killer whale pod at sea

Protecting Marine Species in the Pacific Islands

NOAA OLE in Hawaiʻi has had numerous successes conserving marine wildlife.
September 21, 2018 - Story Map ,