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Science In Extremes: A New Field Camp In Antarctica

Field teams have been living at rustic field camps studying changes in the Antarctic ecosystem for more than 30 years. Now, the field camps are getting an upgrade that will make it easier to conduct critical research.
April 12, 2024 - Podcast ,
Cape Shirreff field camp against a backdrop of mountains in Antarctica. Credit: NOAA Fisheries Cape Shirreff field camp on Livingston Island, one of the most breathtaking places in Antarctica. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

2020 and 2021 Combined Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

This report details marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States for both 2020 and 2021. In 2020, there were 5,400 confirmed marine mammal strandings; in 2021, there were 5,524.
Two stranding responders carry a stranded harbor porpoise away from some rocks A harbor porpoise is retrieved from the rocks at Odiorne Point State Park, New Hampshire. Credit: Seacoast Science Center

Pioneering Project to Restore Bull Kelp Forests in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California

With a new $4.9 million grant through NOAA’s Office of Habitat Conservation, Greater Farallones Association is restoring imperiled bull kelp forests in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary in California using innovative techniques.
March 25, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Bull kelp forest off the coast of California (Photo: Chad King/MBNMS/NOAA) Bull kelp forest off the coast of California (Photo: Chad King/MBNMS/NOAA)

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

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

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.