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Saving the Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle

The leatherback is a most unusual species of sea turtle. In the Pacific, it's also among the most endangered.
June 17, 2015 - Podcast ,

Recovering Predators Create New Wildlife Management Challenges

Researchers suggest multi-species approaches to address tensions around rebounding predators
June 04, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Many California sea lion pups in the Channel Islands are underweight.  Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Scientists Use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to Study Gray Whales from Above

A rare opportunity to study how the environment limits the growth of a recovered population of large whales.
May 28, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Warm Blood Makes Opah an Agile Predator

Heated blood makes opah a high-performance predator that swims faster and sees better.
May 12, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Populated Puget Sound Sees Stark Shifts in Marine Fish Species

The most populated areas of Puget Sound have experienced striking shifts in marine species, with declines in herring and smelt that have long provided food for other marine life and big increases in the catch of jellyfish, which contribute far less to the food chain, according to new research that tracks species over the last 40 years.
May 11, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Photos from our trawl survey in the Puget Sound. Photo: M. Alan Lovewell

Diving Deeper Into Abalone – Dedicated Scientists and Volunteers on a Mission to Better Understand Endangered Species

David Witting and Bill Hagey, share a passion for finding the now rare white abalone and understanding the movement and feeding behaviors of all abalone species.
May 11, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Divers on a vessel preparing to enter the water Amanda Bird and Eric Chavez gearing up for a dive to look for abalone. Credit: Adam Obaza, NOAA

NOAA Forensics Lab Helps Raise Bar for Wildlife Investigations

Northwest Fisheries Science Center Forensics Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. and its staff are playing a leading role in advancing and standardizing the science of wildlife forensics nationally and internationally.
May 07, 2015 - Feature Story ,
A sample of whale tissue collected for forensic analysis

Partners Set in Motion Historic Venture to Reintroduce Salmon to the Yuba River

Spring-run Chinook salmon may once again return to their historical habitat high in the Sierra Nevadas.
May 06, 2015 - Feature Story ,

For the First Time, Scientists Tag a Loggerhead Sea Turtle off U.S. West Coast

Data from the satellite tag should help scientists understand what habitats loggerheads use and how to more effectively protect this endangered species.
May 06, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Sea Lion Strandings: The View from the Rookery

NOAA Fisheries wildlife biologist Sharon Melin describes conditions at the sea lion rookeries on the Channel Islands, where pups are going hungry because unusually warm water along the Pacific coast has made it more difficult for their mothers to find food.
April 30, 2015 - Podcast ,