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NOAA Fisheries Releases New State of Alaska Aquaculture Report

The State of Alaska Aquaculture report is a first-of-its-kind overview of the aquaculture industry in Alaska, revealing the state’s opportunities and challenges to date.
February 23, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Oysters being farmed by Alaska Shellfish Farms in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Oysters being farmed by Alaska Shellfish Farms in Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

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.
February 22, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Rec anglers holding red snapper State, regional, and federal scientists are working closely to establish a coordinated, consistent approach in the use of state fisheries statistics, and improve the state and federal surveys in the region. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Endangered Sawfish Found Dead Missing its Rostrum in the Florida Keys

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement offering reward up to $20,000 for information.
February 22, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Smalltooth sawfish swims in shallow water. A beached sawfish in shallow water with a cut-off rostrum. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals More About Sperm Whales off Southeast New England

Study listened for sperm whales in an offshore wind energy development area.
February 21, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of six sperm whales grouped together in dark blue waters. Sperm whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Cold Water Connection Campaign Reopens Rivers for Olympic Peninsula Salmon and Steelhead

With $19 million in NOAA funds, nonprofit and tribal partners plan to remove 17 barriers blocking fish passage on critical spawning rivers originating in Olympic National Park, Washington.
February 21, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Washington coast coho migration (Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Wild Salmon Center) Washington coast coho migration (Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Wild Salmon Center)

Another Year Of Protecting A Precious Population

Hawaiian monk seal monitoring and recovery work in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was marked by partnerships, pups, and promise in 2023.
February 20, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Adult monk seal lying on the sand, eyes open, facing the camera, with a darker-colored pup on its left side, resting on a sandy beach with the ocean visible in the background. The pup’s right foreflipper is extended, touching the mother seal. Monk seal mother and pup on Hōlanikū (Kure Atoll). Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Sarah Glover (Permit #22677, PMNM-2023-001)

A Game-Changing Effort for Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

An update from our experts on the status of North Atlantic right whales, and our plans to use Inflation Reduction Act funds for right whale conservation.
February 15, 2024 - Podcast ,
Horton NARW with her calf North Atlantic right whale Horton and newborn calf. Credit: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute, taken under NOAA permit #26919.

Cracking the Code: Scientists Use DNA to Examine Differences between Hatchery and Wild Chinook Salmon in Southeast Alaska

Hatchery-reared salmon show genetic differences from wild populations in only a few generations, but those differences vary among hatcheries.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Large school of fish swimming in greenish water