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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 ,
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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 ,
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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.

Gray Whales Born in Big Numbers

NOAA Fisheries scientists keep track of how many gray whale calves are born each winter, and it looks like this was a banner year for calf production.
July 17, 2014 - Podcast ,
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Washington’s Baker River Reaches All Time Record—One Million Salmon Are on Their Way to the Pacific Ocean

It's a record-smashing season for young salmon migrating through the Baker River in the North Cascades of Washington State.
June 23, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Surface collector spanning a lake, view from the air Aerial view of the floating surface collector on Baker Lake

Precision Mapping Opens New Window on Salmon Habitat

Habitat survey teams are fanning out across the Columbia River Basin this month, measuring the fine details of Northwest rivers and streams as part of an ambitious NOAA-led initiative to assess and track the condition of salmon and steelhead habitat.
June 12, 2014 - Feature Story ,
CHaMP crew member learns to collect surveys that provide information on things such as stream structure and terrain elevations.

Ocean Acidification Cruise Explored Effects pH on Marine Food Web

On June 6, Dr. Vera Trainer and a team of scientists returned from a 25-day ocean acidification expedition off the West Coast aboard the R/V Melville in an effort to measure how changes in our ocean's acidity may affect the marine food web
June 09, 2014 - Feature Story ,