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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 ,

Announcing Kenneth K. Chew Center for Shellfish Research and Restoration

New shellfish hatchery opened to help restore shellfish nationwide
May 22, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Glass tubes with blue lids, interconnected with piping, part of the new hatchery.

Salmon Restoration and PIT Tags: Big Data from a Small Device

One of the biggest tools in salmon restoration is about the size of a grain of rice.
May 16, 2014 - Feature Story ,
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Food for Thought

In the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, CA), many watersheds receive up to 90-95% fewer spawning salmon (by biomass) compared to historic conditions of the late 18th and early 19th century, and this may have profound implications for the productivity of these watersheds and the species they support.
May 08, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Experimental channels were used to measure affects on food web. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Removing Barrier Opens 40 Miles of Habitat to Threatened Steelhead in California Creek

For more than a century, a concrete wall stood in the way of steelhead reaching their prime spawning and rearing habitat in San Francisquito Creek, a tributary to south San Francisco Bay.
February 27, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Rocky, dry riverbed Bonde Weir before removal and reconstruction. Credit: NOAA

Observers Serve Vital Role for Fisheries

Observers are independent field biologists that are deployed aboard commercial fishing boats and at-sea processing facilities, and their work is vital to NOAA's mission of ensuring the economic and ecological sustainability of US fisheries.
February 26, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Standard equipment that observers take on each trip, approximately $13,000 worth of supplies. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Heart Failure in Fish Exposed to Oil Spills

Even low levels of oil pollution can damage the developing hearts of fish embryos and larvae, reducing the likelihood that those fish will survive.
February 13, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Image from May 25, approximately 12 miles east of Pass a Loutre, Louisiana, showing dark brown and red emulsion. Credit: NOAA

How Many Cowcod Rockfish Populations Are Out There?

Since being declared overfished in 2000, cowcod (Sebastes levis) has been managed for recovery as a continuous population throughout its range, from the U.S.–Mexico border to just north of Cape Mendocino, California. But what if it’s more than one population?
January 27, 2014 - Feature Story ,
Deckhand Paul Hansen displays cowcod specimens caught aboard the F/V Aggressor during the 2007 Hook and Line Survey

Killer Whales in Distress

Scientists are working to understand why the population of Southern Resident killer whales isn’t rebounding, and what we can do to help them recover.
December 23, 2013 - Podcast ,
A Southern Resident killer whale leaps into the air. Credit: NOAA

The Giant Oarfish

A NOAA biologist who necropsied this strange and mysterious fish shares his theory of how two of them ended up on the beach.
October 24, 2013 - Podcast ,
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