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Inbreeding Contributes to Decline of Endangered Killer Whales

New genome sequencing shows Southern Residents are highly inbred.
March 20, 2023 - Feature Story ,
An adult orca is swimming underwater, and a calf is next to its dorsal fin. The calf is surfacing from the water.

Seal and Sea Lion Week

Join us for a week-long celebration of seals and other pinnipeds and get the scoop on NOAA's seal conservation efforts.
An animation showing several species of seals in their native habitats with the words "Seal & Sea Lion Week" across the top. Seal & Sea Lion Week is March 20-24, 2023.

NOAA Fisheries Proposes Listing Sunflower Sea Star as Threatened under Endangered Species Act

Expert panel reviewed best information on sharp decline in signature Pacific Coast species.
March 15, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Sunflower sea star underwater Sunflower sea star. Photo: Janna Nichols

Southern Residents Work Harder For Prey, But Catch Fewer Fish, New Research Finds

Researchers compared foraging of two resident killer whale populations. Southern Resident Connections - Post 29
March 07, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Southern Resident killer whale jumping out of the water

Unsettled Pacific Ocean Offers Surprises as Climate Change Alters Ecosystem

New Ecosystem Status Report cites shakeup of familiar ecological relationships.
March 06, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Big Sur coastline

West Coast Species on the Move as Climate Change Drives Ecological Shifts, Analysis Shows

New vulnerability assessment finds vulnerable species have complex habitat needs.
February 21, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Run of salmon

Coordinated Response Protected Southern Residents From Sunken Ship Leaking Oil

NOAA Fisheries and partners diverted endangered whales from potential harm and learned lessons along the way. Southern Resident Connections - Post 27
January 27, 2023 - Feature Story ,
arial view of oil sheen on water next to island