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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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Water Quality Robot

NWFSC scientists and partners are deploying a state-of-the-art robotic sensing unit to provide an early warning of harmful algae and pathogens in Puget Sound.
July 19, 2013 - Feature Story ,
It's a beautiful day at Taylor Shellfish Farms, where NWFSC scientists, partners and the media gathered on July 18, 2013 to watch the deployment of the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in Puget Sound.

The Case of the Dead Dolphin

When a NOAA marine biologist performs a necropsy on a dolphin that washed up dead on the beach, she’s not only monitoring the health of marine mammals. She’s monitoring human health as well.
June 27, 2013 - Podcast ,
Marine biologist Kerri Danil necropsies a long-beaked common dolphin calf that washed up in La Jolla, CA. Credit: Rich Press.

Saving Coho Salmon: It's All About the Timing

As NOAA biologists work to re-establish runs of coho salmon in California, they aim to bring back some of the diversity of the wild populations that once thrived there.
May 16, 2013 - Podcast ,
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Modernized Minto Fish Trap Will Be Safer for Fish and for Fish Biologists

The Willamette River drains some 11,500 square miles of a remarkably fertile and beautiful area of northwest Oregon.
March 06, 2013 - Feature Story ,

Spotlight on Marine Forensic Science at the NWFSC

Scientists help enforcement agents investigate crimes against marine wildlife and protect seafood consumers.
November 14, 2012 - Feature Story ,

Genetic Diversity of Captive Broodstock Program for Redfish Lake Sockeye

Despite an extreme bottleneck that nearly decimated the Redfish Lake sockeye population in the early 1990s, the captive broodstock program retained 95% of the population’s genetic diversity.
August 08, 2012 - Feature Story ,
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Raising Pacific Lamprey Eggs at Mukilteo Research Station

Scientists, tribes collaborate to propagate the declining Pacific lamprey species
July 23, 2012 - Feature Story ,
Multiple lamprey eggs at about one week after fertilization

New Biomarker Discovered for Low Levels of Domoic Acid

Scientists discovered new way to detect chronic, low-level exposure to a seafood toxin in marine animals.
May 02, 2012 - Feature Story ,
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