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Examination Continues into Cause of Whale’s Death on Martha’s Vineyard

North Atlantic right whale on Martha’s Vineyard had a chronic entanglement and was seen in poor health before its death. Experts are examining the rope and other samples collected from the whale.
February 05, 2024 - Feature Story ,
deceased female North Atlantic right whale Deceased female North Atlantic right whale. Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute/Michael Moore. Taken under NOAA Permit # 24359.

Meet Communications Intern, Hannah Shahmoradi

As part of the Faces of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center series, meet Hannah Shahmoradi.
February 02, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A woman is applying a tag to a shark that is about 3 feet long. Hannah Shahmoradi tagging a blacktip shark. Credit: Field School

Whales on the Brink: Making Strides in Marine Mammal Research and Protection

NOAA Fisheries and partners convened an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the discovery of the Rice’s whale, and recent advancements in marine mammal research and conservation.
February 01, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A large group of people smile in front of an ocean-themed backdrop in a museum NOAA staff stand by the new Rice’s whale exhibit (far right) in Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Paul Hillman

10 Projects Will Support Urban Fish Restoration around Portland, Oregon

With $3.8 million in funding from NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation, the Clackamas Partnership is removing fish passage barriers and restoring habitat to benefit threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead.
February 01, 2024 - Feature Story ,
View of greater Portland, Oregon, area (Photo: Zack Frank/Adobe Stock) View of greater Portland, Oregon, area (Photo: Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)

New Plan to Improve Recreational Fisheries Data Collection on Gulf Coast

This collaborative plan highlights six priorities, including improved timeliness of recreational catch and effort estimates, improved discard data, and streamlining for-hire data collection.
February 01, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Field interviewers with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission weigh, measure, and record fish caught by anglers.

$700,000 Available for Atlantic Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects

NOAA is seeking proposals for projects that will restore habitat for endangered Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine region.
January 31, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A large silvery fish leaps above rapids Atlantic salmon. Credit: jamie/AdobeStock.

Decades of Insights: Monk Seal Researchers Share Unique Perspectives

Brenda Becker and Thea Johanos have studied endangered Hawaiian monk seals since the start of NOAA’s field work in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Forty years later, they are as dedicated as ever to the species’ recovery.
January 29, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Brenda Becker sits in the sand on a beach with four seals spaced a distance apart along the water’s edge. Her back is toward the camera, and she is leaning back, appearing to observe the seals through binoculars. Brenda Becker maintains a low profile while photographing monk seals so as not to disturb them. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Megan Ely (Permit #22677, PMNM-2023-001)