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Closure of 2019–2023 Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale Unusual Mortality Event

The Unusual Mortality Event involving stranded eastern North Pacific gray whales has ended.
March 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
People on a beach performing a necropsy on a stranded gray whale

Meet Research Ecologist, Skyler Rose Sagarese

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Dr. Skyler Sagarese.
March 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A young man and woman smiling Skyler and her husband Matthew enjoying some New Zealand birdwatching following a work conference. Photo courtesy of Skyler Sagarese.

Some Research Takes a Lifetime—Like the Northern Elephant Seal

Long-term research under Marine Mammal Protection Act scientific research permits provides insight into northern elephant seal moms and pups.
March 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
northern elephant seal on the beach Researchers observing a colony of northern elephant seals. Photo taken under NOAA Fisheries MMPA Permit # 23188.

Marine Heatwaves Reshape the Northern California Current Ecosystem

A new study highlights marine heatwaves' complex and cascading effects on marine ecosystems. While some species may benefit from these changes, others are likely to struggle.
March 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Pyrosomes of various sizes placed on top of a ruler for scale Pyrosomes caught in a net tow during ocean monitoring along the coast of Oregon. Pyrosomes are free-floating colonial tunicates. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Life on an Active Volcano: Fur Seals Adapt to a Changing Landscape on Bogoslof Island - Part 2

Volcanic eruptions at Bogoslof have changed the landscape dramatically. It’s home to a thriving breeding ground of northern fur seals. Scientists monitor the fur seal population every 4 years to understand how they respond to such a dynamic environment.
March 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of Bogoslof Island in June 2022 showing the impact of the volcanic eruption from 2019 Aerial survey imagery from June 2022 along with a white outline showing the former size in 2019. Erosion has changed the island dramatically since it tripled in size after the eruptions in 2016-2017. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Alexey Altukhov and Burlyn Birkemeier.

California Current Ecosystem Shows Resilience To Strong El Niño

The 2023–2024 California Current Ecosystem Status Report shows an abundance of forage fish and a productive system fueled by upwelling.
March 11, 2024 - Feature Story ,
NOAA diver conducting an underwater survey NOAA divers conducting annual 2023 underwater kelp forest surveys in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Steve Lonhart, NOAA.