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Cracking the Code: Scientists Use DNA to Examine Differences between Hatchery and Wild Chinook Salmon in Southeast Alaska

Hatchery-reared salmon show genetic differences from wild populations in only a few generations, but those differences vary among hatcheries.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Large school of fish swimming in greenish water

Name That Whale Contest!

Help us name our newly identified North Pacific right whale.
February 14, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Tournament bracket for naming contest

New Program Manager to Lead Economic and Social Science Research in Alaska

The Alaska Fisheries Science Center continues to emphasize the importance of economic and sociocultural data in fisheries management by hiring Abigail Harley to lead the program.
February 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Scientist with child in a safety vest on a boat Abigail Harley and her son on a boat.

Scientists Identify Ways to Account for Effects of Climate Change on Fish Stock Estimates

Thirty years of larval fish data prove essential for development of a new approach to enhance stock assessment accuracy.
February 08, 2024 - Feature Story ,
Top image is a larval pollock, bottom image is an adult pollock Larval and adult walleye pollock. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Whales on the Brink: Making Strides in Marine Mammal Research and Protection

NOAA Fisheries and partners convened an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the discovery of the Rice’s whale, and recent advancements in marine mammal research and conservation.
February 01, 2024 - Feature Story ,
A large group of people smile in front of an ocean-themed backdrop in a museum NOAA staff stand by the new Rice’s whale exhibit (far right) in Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Paul Hillman

Documenting the Elusive North Pacific Right Whale

North Atlantic right whales get a lot of attention. In this episode, we learn a little about their lesser known West Coast cousins: North Pacific right whales, whose numbers are dramatically low.
January 11, 2024 - Podcast ,
north-pacific-right-whale.jpg North Pacific right whale. Credit: Brenda K. Rone

Warming in the Bering Sea Impacts Phytoplankton Bloom Type

Timing of spring phytoplankton blooms affects the food web.
December 22, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Satellite view of the Bering Sea during spring Bering Sea in bloom on May 15, 2002. Credit: NASA