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ShoreZone Coastal Habitat Surveys Continue in Alaska

Scientists involved in the Alaska ShoreZone program have been steadily imaging and mapping Alaska’s rich coastal habitats since 2001. Over ninety percent of Alaska’s approximately 80,000 km of coastline has been completed, but gaps remain. During NOAA Fisheries’ Habitat Month in July 2018, imaging experts...
July 13, 2018 / Feature Story /
Western entrance to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Pt. Carolus, Alaska. (ShoreZone image 2005, M. Lindeberg, NOAA).

Modern Science Proves Historical Maps Accurately Identify Fish Habitat

Researchers compared 2013 and historic depth data in five Eastern and five Central Gulf of Alaska nearshore areas that are potentially important fish habitat. They found that all of the historic depth data were accurate enough to be useful in describing fish habitat, but the quality varied over...
July 05, 2018 / Feature Story /
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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 Fisheries 2018 Summer Surveys to Collect Data Crucial to Manage Alaska Fisheries and Monitor Alaska Marine Ecosystems

NOAA Fisheries-Alaska survey season off the Alaska coast is underway. Scientists use collected data to monitor trends and abundance of fish, crab and other species taken in commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries throughout Alaska and to support biological and ecological studies. Under federal...
June 05, 2018 / Feature Story /
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Developing Machine Vision to Collect More Timely Fisheries Data

Government scientists, academia, and fishermen are working together to develop innovative monitoring tools to identify and measure fish from digital images. This technology could revolutionize the way fisheries data are collected. Machine vision technology advances electronic monitoring systems...
May 31, 2018 / Feature Story /
Machine vision view of catch in real time.

2018 Southeastern Bering Sea Shelf Bottom Trawl Survey Gets Underway

Questions loom large about the annual extent of cold water in the Southeastern Bering Sea.
May 30, 2018 / Feature Story /
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Endangered Steller Sea Lions Get a Closer Look from Online Community of Citizen Scientists

Volunteers help process images of endangered Steller sea lions and make critical scientific analysis possible.
May 16, 2018 / Feature Story /
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NOAA Warns: Don’t Shoot Seals or Sea Lions

Penalties include up to $28,520 and/or one year imprisonment.
May 15, 2018 / Feature Story /
A Steller sea lion and her pup.

Teachers and Scientists Team Up to Show Students Real World Applications of What They Learn in School

NOAA Fisheries scientist Jeanette Gann (purple shirt) doing a phytoplankton lesson at Thunder Mountain High School. This collaboration with teacher Kristen Wells came out of Southeast Exchange. Juneau high school students learn how the filtration rig works during Southeast Exchange event. Water...
May 10, 2018 / Feature Story /
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Expanding Electronic Monitoring Technologies in the North Pacific Fisheries

A multiyear electronic monitoring collaboration between the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the Fisheries Information System Program is improving data collection through development of innovative electronic monitoring technologies. The goal of the project is to automate video analysis for length...
April 09, 2018 / Feature Story /
Deck sorting to release halibut in the Bering Sea. Credit: Paige Drobny/Spearfish Research.