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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 ,
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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 ,
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Removal of Diversion Dam Improves Habitat Access for Migrating Fish in California’s Tehama County

The 80 year-old diversion dam on the South Fork of Cottonwood Creek was built in the 1930s to provide water and hydropower to a private residence.
March 03, 2015 - Feature Story ,

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 ,
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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