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New Program Gives Alaska Halibut Charter Operators More Flexibility

Unique program offers charter fishing anglers additional halibut fishing opportunities
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,

A Little Bit of Seawater Is Helping Scientists Study Elusive Harbor Porpoise off the Coast of Alaska

Researcher Kim Parsons. Harbor porpoises are one of the smallest marine mammals in the world. They are also difficult to study because they are highly mobile and don’t spend a lot of time at the surface of the water. Scientists hope genetic approaches...
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
A Harbor Porpoise off the Coast of Alaska

NOAA Enforcement Taking Action Against Charter Halibut Fishing Violators

Snapshot of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement efforts on compliance in the charter halibut fishing industry in Alaska and taking enforcement action when appropriate.
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
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Innovative Technology Promises Fast, Cost-Efficient Age Data for Fisheries Management

Knowing how long fish live and the number of different age groups in a fish population is essential to sustainably manage Alaska’s valuable fisheries. NOAA Fisheries scientists are evaluating the use of machine-based technology -- Fourier Transform-Near Infrared...
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
This digitally enhanced Otolith is one of the ways technology is helping scientists more accurately determine the age of fish.

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’...
September 24, 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...
September 24, 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...
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
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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...
September 24, 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...
September 24, 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.
September 24, 2018 - Feature Story ,
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