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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

Meet Isaiah Mayo, Biological Science Technician

Isaiah Mayo shares his journey to become a biological science technician at our Milford Laboratory, including his time as a fisheries observer and observer instructor. He explains what Black History Month means to him.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A man (left) and woman (right) stand in front of a pride flag and a poster with the words “diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility”.  Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Milke Isaiah Mayo and Dr. Anne Langston Noll led the Celebrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Happy Hour at the 2024 Northeast Aquaculture Conference & Exposition/43rd Milford Aquaculture Seminar. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Milke

Name That Whale Contest!

Help us name our newly identified North Pacific right whale.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Tournament bracket for naming contest

Rice’s Whales Heard in the Western Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Fisheries records evidence of endangered Rice’s whales in the western Gulf of Mexico. These findings demonstrate their regular occurrence in waters offshore of Texas and the first evidence of Rice’s whales offshore of Mexico.
February 13, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Rice’s whale at the surface. Three ridges on the rostrum (dorsal head) of this Rice’s whale. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Laura Dias (Permit #14450)