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Automatic Whale Detector, Version 1.0

Scientists have combined infrared cameras with image recognition software to automatically detect and count migrating gray whales.
February 09, 2015 - Feature Story ,

Puget Sound Salmon Face More Ups and Downs in River Flows

Many salmon rivers around Puget Sound have experienced increasing fluctuations in flow over the past 60 years, just as climate change projections predict – and that's unfortunate news for threatened Chinook salmon, according to a new analysis of salmon survival and river flow.
February 03, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Riverine. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Simple Soil Mixture Reverses Toxic Stormwater Effects

A simple column of common soil can reverse the toxic effects of urban runoff that otherwise quickly kills young coho salmon and their insect prey, according to  new research by NOAA Fisheries, Washington State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
January 20, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Landscape with drainage, plant and basic soil mixture that helps to remove toxics lethal to aquatic lif

New Adult Fish Facility Opens Oregon’s South Santiam Basin to Threatened Salmon and Steelhead

Oregon’s Foster Dam just got an upgrade, one that is proving vital to the survival of threatened Upper Willamette River spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead.
January 04, 2015 - Feature Story ,
Foster collection facility

Climate Change Projected to Drive Marine Species Northward

Anticipated changes in climate will push West Coast marine species from sharks to salmon northward an average of 30 kilometers per decade, shaking up fish communities and shifting fishing grounds.
December 10, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Albacore tuna have shifted to more northerly waters. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Once Nearly Extinct, Endangered Idaho Sockeye Regaining Fitness Advantage

Endangered Snake River sockeye salmon are regaining the fitness of their wild ancestors, with naturally spawned juvenile sockeye migrating to the ocean and returning as adults at a much higher rate than others released from hatcheries.
November 24, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Observed sockeye salmon redds in Redfish Lake from 1999 to present.

The Importance of Eelgrass

NOAA Fisheries is providing guidelines to prevent further loss of one of nature’s most valuable and productive habitats in the marine environment—eelgrass.
November 07, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Sea Turtle Skeletons Hold Clues for Conservation

The bones of sea turtles have annual rings like those found in trees, and chemical markers within them give scientists a detailed view of the animal's life history.
October 30, 2014 - Feature Story ,

Changing Winds Explain Most Pacific Coast Warming

Changes in winds over the eastern Pacific Ocean explain most of the warming trend along the West Coast of North America in the last century, according to a new analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
September 24, 2014 - News ,

Unusual North Pacific Warmth Jostles Marine Food Chain

Scientists across NOAA Fisheries are watching a persistent expanse of exceptionally warm water spanning the Gulf of Alaska that could send reverberations through the marine food web.
September 05, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Map. Unusually warm temperatures dominate three areas of the North Pacific: the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska and an area off Southern California. The darker the red, the further above average the sea surface temperature. NOAA researchers are tracking the temperatures and their implications for marine life.