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Endangered Salmon Regain Access to Healthy West Coast Habitat through 20 Projects Funded by NOAA Fisheries

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for NOAA Fisheries to restore access to ancestral habitats for endangered and threatened species in the face of climate change.
January 19, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Juvenile Chinook salmon

An Entangled Web: Research Collaboration Unravels Causes and Consequences of Sea Lion Entanglements

Tracking individual sea lions helps reveal toll on species.
January 18, 2023 - Feature Story ,
disentangled sea lion on beach with a satellite tag on back

Dam Removal Puts California Salmon in Hot Pursuit of Cold Water

Collaborative efforts reopen six additional miles of habitat to migrating and resident fish.
January 17, 2023 - Feature Story ,
aerial view of fish passge project Hemphill Dam after rehabilitation. Image courtesy ECORP Consulting, Inc.

2019 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2019, there were 7,719 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
Stranding Network members perform an animal autopsy on a stranded gray whale that lies within a sectioned off area of the beach. A team of scientists from The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a stranded gray whale at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Photo: Katie D’Innocenzo/The Marine Mammal Center.

The Mystery of the Entangled Oregon Orca

Intensive search for killer whale carcass leads to an answer hidden in its DNA.
December 15, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Entangled Orca carcass floating belly up A fisherman first saw and photographed the orca carcass on June 26 about 30 miles from Newport, Oregon.

"There is No Typical": Life as a West Coast Groundfish Observer

“Salty, watery, muddy, bloody, little space, on a constantly moving deck” may not be the words most people would apply to a job they actually enjoy doing. But for fisheries observer Woody Venard, it’s an accurate description.
December 07, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A fishery observer wearing orange gear holds up a large black fish on a ship deck. Woody Venard holds a skilfish on the deck of a fishing vessel. (Photo courtesy of Woody Venard)

As Dam Removals Move Forward, NOAA Explores Next Steps for Habitat Restoration in Klamath Watershed

NOAA and partners have released a plan for restoring habitat for salmon and steelhead in key areas of the Klamath River watershed.
December 07, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of a large dam and reservoir Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River is one of several expected to be removed in 2024. Credit: Thomas Dunklin.

Habitat Restoration to Benefit Threatened Chinook Salmon in the Willamette River Basin

NOAA is supporting McKenzie River Trust and other community partners to restore floodplain connectivity along Finn Rock Reach, restoring important habitat for Chinook salmon.
November 30, 2022 - Feature Story ,
A river flows through a wooded area A single, high-flow channel at Finn Rock Reach. Credit: NOAA.

Swinomish Clam Garden to Bolster Littleneck Clam Populations

Reviving a 3,500-year-old indigenous mariculture practice with funding from NOAA.
November 30, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Aerial image of Swinomish community members building first modern clam garden on intertidal beach Building the first traditional clam garden on Swinomish land. Credit: NWIFC

New Voluntary Slowdown for Commercial Ships Aims to Quiet the Sound for Endangered Killer Whales

Reduced speed reduces underwater noise that interferes with killer whale foraging. Southern Resident Connections - Post 26
November 28, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Orca pod in Puget Sound with large ferry in the background Orca pod swims in the Puget Sound as a ferry transits in the background. Credit: Candice Emmons/NWFSC