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NOAA Fisheries Certifies Mississippi's Tails n' Scales Survey Design

NOAA Fisheries announced today that the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has certified the designs of Mississippi’s Tails n’ Scales surveys of charter and private boat fishing for red snapper. Tails n’ Scales will be included in the suite of implemented MRIP surveys in the Gulf of...
June 27, 2018 / Feature Story /
Woman holding red snapper

U.S. Commerce Department Announces Appointments to Regional Fishery Management Councils for 2018

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 30 members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. Twenty-nine of the new and reappointed council members will serve three-year terms from August 11, 2018 through August...
June 27, 2018 / Feature Story /
working waterfront

Honu Count 2018

Citizen scientists of Hawaii, we need your help counting turtles—and here’s why!
June 27, 2018 / Feature Story /
Lindsey Bull and Marylou Staman measure the length of a female green sea turtle

New Report Evaluating U.S. Shellfish Aquaculture Permitting Systems Now Available

New report reviews 22 federal, state, and local shellfish aquaculture permitting systems and makes recommendations to improve permitting efficiencies.
June 27, 2018 / News /
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Unusual Mortality Events for Large Whales, Ice Seals closed

When there is a large die-off of marine mammals, experts from NOAA Fisheries and our partners try to identify the reasons for what's known as an Unusual Mortality Event, or UME. Unfortunately, in about half of UMEs, a cause is never determined.  That’s the case with the Large Whale UME declared...
June 26, 2018 / Feature Story /

NOAA Officers to Conduct Patrols During Halibut Fishing Opening

With a short halibut season, OLE hopes to assist with compliance to ensure fishery sustainability.
June 26, 2018 / Feature Story /
Kid Hanging Out with Halibut

New Oceanographic Insight Pinpoints Marine ‘Hotspots of Risk’

Real-time tracking of eddies and currents could help fishermen avoid protected species
June 26, 2018 / Feature Story /
Steller sea lions. Photo Credit: Steve Woods.

Saildrones Join NOAA’s West Coast Fleet for Experimental Fisheries Surveys

NOAA Fisheries’ two West Coast Science laboratories are joining forces with the Alameda, Calif., company Saildrone Inc. to test the first use of autonomous, wind and solar-powered vehicles to gather essential data on West Coast fish populations, including commercially valuable species such as hake, sardine,...
June 25, 2018 / Feature Story /
Saildrone off the coast of California. Courtesy Saildrone Inc.

Monitoring the Northeast Shelf Ecosystem

Researchers from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center have been collecting plankton and hydrographic data in waters off the Northeast U.S. coast six times a year since the early 1970s. The Ecosystem Monitoring (EcoMon) program, begun in 1992, is the longest continuous program at the Center. Two EcoMon...
June 25, 2018 / Feature Story /
crew deploying bongo nets

Disease Causes Three Hawaiian Monk Seal Deaths

Toxoplasmosis is the leading disease-causing mortality for Hawaiian monk seals.
June 21, 2018 / Feature Story /